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Very good news for fans of classic Skype for Windows, as today the developers released a new version: Skype for Windows. However, there are no details about this version, and I did not notice any novelties (even the translator is still not available)…
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56.1 MB

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Windows 7/8/10

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    Rick (karma: +179),
    New version of Updater.exe? Not here. Updater.exe and Updater.dll were removed entirely, along with their subdirectory. This was as a result of updating with SkypeSetupFull.exe (perhaps HOW you update is what makes the difference).

    No Updater.exe means there's no longer a Skype Update service, and that means there's no hint of an update setting in Skype's Options.

    In short, Skype does NOT want you to update to new versions of Classic beyond this one, which won't be a problem, since this is highly likely the Last Version Ever of this line.
    1. 1 0 1
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Also, at least on Windows 10, there is no option "Automatic Updates". Anyway, files Updater.exe and Updater.dll are still here and you can get them using skype_7.41.0.101.exe /extractonly:dir

      Nevertheless, I agree with you — I think the classic version will no longer be actively supported. So, no updates, no problems :|
      1. 0 -1 1
        Rick (karma: +179),
        OK, it's included in the EXE if you extract it.

        But when using SkypeSetupFull.exe ( on W10 to update 7.40, all of the things I mentioned are true. Updater.exe did exist on my system from versions before 7.41--I'm looking at an image I made at the beginning of the month. There it is. The service also existed. I remember, because I always had to disable it. And the option to opt in to automatic updating also existed in Skype's Advanced section (I always disabled that, too). All are gone now, which is actually good.
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1194),
          Nevertheless, they have updated the Skype Updater version, and this is a fact. Moreover, the fact that they did not delete these files from the installer may mean that these files are still extracted on some operating systems (of course, I may be wrong, because I did not test it).
          1. 1 +1 0
            Rick (karma: +179),
            Must be just older ones. Installed on a clean Win10 yesterday and there's no updater. They really want you to use the truly horrible UWP app.
            1. 1 0 1
              Administrator (karma: +1194),
              Anyway, I agree with you. Unfortunately, sooner or later, the classic version will be retired.
        2. 3 +3 0
          Nikolai F (karma: +13),
          No, this can't be good. In fact, it is horrible.
          They want us to switch to "New Skype" at some point, and that is very cut POS, with even Away status missing. :(
          1. 1 +1 0
            Administrator (karma: +1194),
            I think Rick said it's good, because Skype will not be updated automatically anymore (that is, on the contrary, they can not force you to switch to the new Skype). Well, it will be true until the classic version becomes obsolete.
    2. 6 +6 0
      Daniel (karma: +6),
      How can they expect people to switch to a Lego Duplo toy version of the Skype client (i.e., the UWP app) that is still lacking half of the features that make Skype usable?

      It really pisses me off, this trend towards dumbed-down apps made for idiots, removing every last possible feature with the excuse that it might be confusing to the technically illiterate. Or, in corporate speak, "streamlining". Along with optimising every user interface for fat-finger touchscreen smushing, everything in gargantuan size with lots of whitespace, as if nobody still worked on a proper computer with proper input devices anymore.

      Before "applications" became "apps", having features and options used to be considered a good thing. Heck, at this point it's so bad that Apple, of all companies, is now almost the only major software developer that is still proudly announcing features they added, rather than removed.

      I have already eliminated Skype from my personal communications after they locked out third-party clients many years ago. And the new Windows client is so bad, that even in my company, most people are no longer using it and have switch to alternatives. If dumbing-down software was really what users wanted, I wonder why most of those who do it end up going down the drain.
    3. 1 +1 0
      Bob Charles (karma: +4),
      When Microsoft Pulled Version 7 we were in the Middle of a Very Important Interview and all our Skypes went out... Now there's no Version 7 and Millions of Blind and Disability people are really in the Dark..
      There should be a Lawsuit for pulling a Product that worked 100% instead of Forcing us to take one that don't work and the Testers are us on their dime and our patience.
  2. 0 0 0
    Mark Stotzer (karma: +12),
    I have Windows 7 and just reverted my Skype from to to fix audio/video synch problems that version 8 caused. Minor remaining issue: at login it asks if I want to update to "the latest version." Yep-if you say yes you get version 8 back again! Any way to kill the update nag?
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Try to run DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs. Another solution is to create a portable version.
      1. 0 0 0
        Mark (karma: +12),
        Thanks for your reply. I've downloaded the DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs. What do I do next?
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1194),
          Just run it as a regular application using double-click (or right-click and choose "Open"). After this run Skype. That's all.
          1. 1 +1 0
            Mark (karma: +12),
            "Works fine, lasts a long time!" Will ever be "updated" running on Windows 7?
            1. 1 +1 0
              Administrator (karma: +1194),
              After launching the DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs, Skype will no longer be updated automatically. However, at any time you can manually install new versions.
              1. 0 0 0
                Iqbal Hamid (karma: +3),
                Please advise: How can I disable FORCED Skype updates (from this version). You mentioned DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs. Where can I find this? Is it the best way? Thanks.
                1. 0 0 0
                  Administrator (karma: +1194),
                  Please check my first comment on this thread.
  3. 1 +1 0
    ThomToronto (karma: +4),
    I already had on three other computers. When I try to install the downloaded file on a new computer, I get a message saying something about it not being able to connect to the server and, "for an alternate download location, click 'download'." When I click download, I am directed to the page telling me that Skype is already part of Windows 10 blah, blah, blah. I guess the not-so-subliminal message from Microsoft is that "resistance is futile ... you will be assimilated." I downloaded here and it seems to work. I also downloaded ZOOM so that I'm ready for the day that the great minds at MS think they are going to force me to use their useless app.
  4. 1 +1 0
    Antony (karma: +12),
    Im on on win 7.0 says there is a new one available I hope when and if I decide to update I dont get force fed 8.16 etc etc as its a barrel of junk and is literally sending people bk to the stone age just like yapoo did when they closed the legacy app.
    1. 1 +1 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Well, the is the recommended version and if you use, most likely you'll get the But to know for sure, you should update it ;)

      On other hand, you can install version directly, using the skype_7.41.0.101.exe installer.
      1. 2 +2 0
        zelles (karma: +53),
        If updating Skype Classic (v. 7.x.x.x)... Then it will update it to It will not force the garbage v. 8.x.x.x branch.
      2. 0 0 0
        tauseeb (karma: +4),
        i cannot downlod,
        please help me
  5. 0 0 0
    zelles (karma: +53),
    "(even the translator is still not available)."

    Skype translator was implemented in the previous version I had, And a couple of versions I had before that one. It looks like the new version,, removed it or changed how to use it. But the option is no longer in the same spot. So it's not that the translator is "still" not available in Skype Classic. It was added in a long time back, but in this new version they seemed to of removed it. Or maybe just changed how to access it.

    [Updated ]
    According to Skype: "Please be informed that beginning January 22nd, 2018, Skype Translator has been discontinued for old Skype clients (Skype for Desktop v7.40 and Skype for Web)." So it was just removed, but it was in Skype Classic's last several versions. Not that it bothers me. I disabled it in the options when it was first added.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      I said so, because some users thought it was a temporary error that would be fixed in the new release. But this did not happen (as well as with other issues).

      So, what do you think, why they removed Skype Translator from the classic version, but continue to develop it on the new version? ;)
      1. 0 0 0
        zelles (karma: +53),
        If I remember right, Skype Translator existed in v7 before v8 was ever released. They said that Skype Translator would still work for messages, but not calls. Guessing they are referring to the previous versions before they removed it in this last update.
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1194),
          The Skype Translator was introduced in the version (released on October 1, 2015), but recently deleted. Do you think that this coincided? Do you still think that the classic version is not abandoned?
  6. 1 +1 0
    Darya (karma: +1),
    Good evening! I just deleted my new version of Skype and got 7.41 here. Thank you.
    I love it, but something wrong with my audio again.
    I hear echoes, a robot-like voice from my friend's side. They can hear me fine. Also, I have no issue if I log in on my cell phone. Test sounds the robot like as well. This is exactly what happened a few months ago when I tried to download a classic version, audio problems come with it, so then I had to switch to new version of Skype and audio problems were gone in an instant. Trying again:)))
    Any suggestions? Is it a bug?
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Hello! Can you confirm if this problem occurs even when you call echo123? If so, try to disable NGC audio codec.
      1. 0 0 0
        Darya (karma: 0),
        Good day! Yes, even when I called echo test 123. I uninstalled 7.41 Skype version. And downloaded 7.16 as it was suggested in your link. That fix it right away, thank you! I saw someplace where it was mention how to stop Skype from the forced update. Could you pls direct me to that link? Thank you for your advice!

        [Updated ]
        Oh, my bet. I see it. Please, disregard the last question.
  7. 0 0 0
    fkcms (karma: +3),
    Was forced to use the UWP version after Windows 10 1803 update. Used it for couple of weeks, and had to revert it back to the classic one. What an absolute disaster the UWP version is.
  8. 0 0 0
    Rita (karma: +7),
    I got sick of being constantly reminded "...a new version is available..." and installed the latest version...bad decission!
    I have Win7/64 and downloaded now from here the version 7.41. As I am no PC-Einstein, except the advice to enable automatic updates afterwards, so that it will not update to 8 again, what else should I do, and how exactly ? Should I deinstall first the new version? Or just run the download 7.41? I cannot find the old version on my PC any more. It must have been deleted with the install of the new version, I guess. I honestly tried to understand the above comments, but they are just too "high" for me. Would very much appreciate your support in easy understandable steps-thank you very much.

    [Updated ]
    I already wrote my question here, but cannot see it. In case it will appear twice, sorry.
    Installed the new version...big mistake! Downloaded from here the 7.41.....
    I cant find my previous version on my PC any more. This 7.41... is the version where we can disable "automatic update"? That option I had before, so it will not update automatically to the latest version again.
    Do I have to deinstall the new version first? Or just run the download? Thank you.
    1. 2 +1 1
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Hello! At this moment I know two ways to continue using the classic version without any upgrade prompts:
      1) Uninstall Skype 8, then download the skype_7.41.0.101.exe from this page and install it as usual. Finally, run DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs (this script disables the update settings from the registry, deletes the update service, blocks the update installer, and deletes the file checking new updates).

      2) Create your own Skype portable version. If you are interested, check this instruction: How to create a portable Skype for Windows.
      1. 0 0 0
        Rita (karma: +7),
        Thank you so much.
        Bur the link DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs leads to "page not found".
        Thanks again!
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1194),
          Sorry for broken link. I have updated the link, so try to download it again.
  9. 0 0 0
    Jay Libove (karma: +11),
    Thanks very much for all this work!
    Though this page mentions Skype classic v7.41, I've walked through the DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs script and on my Windows 10 (Spring 2018 update) system it doesn't seem that any of the file paths or registry entries exist/ do anything. I've manually added all of the registry keys and classic Skype still tries to get me to foolishly accepts its suggestion to update Skype. There are no scheduled tasks nor services with Skype in the name. There is no Updater\ subdirectory.
    Is this still expected to work with Skype on Windows 10?
    many thanks,
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Hello! Skype doesn't have a built-in Updater anymore, this is why you can not find any tasks, files, or services. Nevertheless, Skype can still get new updates, so it will not be superfluous to use the DisableSkypeUpdater.vbs to prevent unwanted surprises.
      1. 0 0 0
        Jay Libove (karma: +11),
        Hi, thanks for the quick reply!
        So, what parts of the script (since none of the files are there anymore, and I've manually made the registry changes, to no effect) still do something that would prevent Skype from trying to push the updates to the user?
        warm regards,
        1. 1 +1 0
          Administrator (karma: +1194),
          Create the following files and make them read-only:
          1. 0 0 0
            Jay Libove (karma: +11),
            That seems to have worked. Thanks!
  10. 0 0 0
    c.n.polites (karma: +9),
    Thanks for all of the information.
  11. 1 +1 0
    Alan (karma: +8),
    Well, that didn't take long. They've announced that ANY 7.x version will soon be disabled. (PC's running 7.41.101 do, anyway. So, you will be FORCED to use 8.x, or 12.x for UWP, very soon, (30 days??).

    -- Note at least these changes in the 8.x and 12.x: There are still two versions, UWP AND Desktop versions. But the "desktop 8.x" is just about as dumbed down as the UWP version.

    -- You can NOT go to an "about screen", so you must use task manager or Process Explorer, just to tell what version you are running. I guess it's now a secret.

    -- History stored locally is GONE! So, you can no longer see ANY new messages added to local history. (The DESKTOP VERSION, 8.x is confirmed to leave the MAIN.DB message database in the LOCAL, logged in user's APPDATA folder, but nothing new will be added.) So, no Skyperious.exe or MySQL to query messages. Who knows what is being stored in the cloud, or how far it will go back, how you can search, or how long until they whack that feature as well.

    -- GRAB and ARCHIVE this MAIN.DB file, before it is DELETED! The UWP version--I don't know what, if anything it does to history, when installing.

    I loved Daniel's comment near the top --- well put --- WHAT are they thinking?? They sure aren't listening to ardent knowledgeable users!
    1. 1 +1 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      By the way, there are several ways to find out Skype version:
      1) Press Alt key, click “Help” and choose “About Skype”
      2) Click on your avatar then go to “About”
      3) Execute /version command in any chat

      As for old main.db, it may be useful to know that Skype 8 provides a tool to export history in HTML format.
      1. 0 0 0
        Alan Welsh (karma: +8),
        They ALL work! Tried all three methods of getting the version. (I didn't know any of them before your reply!)

        Do remember that the history database still will no longer be added to -- no new messages. Until evidence shows differently, this file should remain... but could still be deleted during an update.

        Need to investigate exactly what the true status of message archiving that occurs now in the cloud, and in the future as well as we can predict.
  12. 1 +1 0
    c.n.polites (karma: +9),
    Why not list several valid alternatives to Skype?
  13. 0 -1 1
    AntonK (karma: -1),
    Thanks a lot for sharing the installer!
    It is still possible to install Skype on Windows 7 64-bit SP1, and it runs fine.
    And it sill shows the warning that this Skype will soon be retired...
    I think, the more people use Skype Classic, the later it will be decomissioned... So install and enjoy! :)
  14. 0 0 0
    hello (karma: 0),
    why no news about the ending of skype classic?
    it didnt end in november,
  15. 0 0 0
    Jack (karma: +1),
    Does anyone know how to log into these old 7.4x versions of skype anymore? As of today I only get "Update Skype Today" popups that forces you to either update or quit skype. Any ideas, please?
    1. 0 0 0
      lada (karma: +3),
      same here, I tried everything nad it still try update or quit. Windows 10
      1. 0 0 0
        Nikolai F. (karma: +13),
        Sorry but only the new 8.x Skype will work now.
        Older 7.x (and older) versions have been discontinued TWO months ago, see here:

        Hope that helps!

        Must say 8.x Skype keeps getting better.
        They even added Away status back a few days/weeks ago (??).
        This was sorely missing for a long time in 8.x Skype. :) Now it is there!
  16. 0 0 0
    Todor Kolev (karma: +35),
    Nothing older than v. 8 working here. Win 7. Tried all the tricks available on the internet. Any solution to skype 7 not connecting? Tried skype_7.36.0.101, skype_7.41.0.101, same thing - tries to connect forever...
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1194),
      Hello! Try this one: Skype for Windows. For more info check Update Skype today.
      1. 0 0 0
        Todor Kolev (karma: +35),
        Same thing - Connecting ... forever...
      2. 0 0 0
        Todor Kolev (karma: +35),
        Ok, so the problem was not skype servers. I reset skype settings, as suggested by Administrator, and now it works. But it had to do something with skype, too, cause it happened immediately after skype forced me to update or die...
  17. 0 -1 1
    reza0080 (karma: +16),
    Please help me. I'm in a Skype meeting, and the old Skype features were very good with version 7.41, but unfortunately it's outdated and I do not really like the new version of 8.42. Please send an old version that I can login with.
  18. 1 +1 0
    user12 (karma: +1),
    Skype v8x is a very very big bullshit!
  19. 0 0 0
    Jesús Lizausaba (karma: 0),
    Tremendo problema causaron a los clientes con la eliminación de la versión, 7.4 Están perdiendo puntos

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