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The free application Skype for Windows has been updated to version, and this means that right now you can download the new version from the official site or from our blog using the button below…
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    Gael (karma: 0),
    I deployed silently version 8.13 over my network (5000 computers) with Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Skype\Installer\InstallUpdates to 0 And this shite is asking on all ocmputers for admin credentials to update client to 8.15 !!!
    What the helll !!!!!! Installation is changing all the time !! how is it possible ?!
    Can we have a correct document on how to silently install skype with NO AUTOMATIC UPDATE CHECK !!!?
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      Administrator (karma: +1193),
      Just create a «Skype-Setup.exe» directory in the appdata directory. I use this method to create portable Skype for Windows.
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        Oscar Gil (karma: +13),
        This morning the 8.15 update was forced on my users. If they answered "No" to the elevation prompt, then they were left without Skype. No option to start the previous version.

        I checked a bit the application folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop) but did not see the installation package. I wanted to know it I could skip the update by deleting it.

        Could you tell me in what Appdata directory we have to create the "Skype-Setup.exe" folder to avoid the updates? Anyway, this method will stop working soon, as I think they have changed the installer filename to (well, at least the downloadable offline installer, not sure about the installer package download by the auto-udpate process

        Finally I decided to update all my users, fortunately I don't have as many as Gael.

        I think previous 8.14, 8.13, 8.12 or 8.11 versions did not force the update, you could open the previous version by denying the update download, or the installation prompt, or the elevation prompt.

        Why act so horribly about this update so suddenly? Is there some super important security flaw in the previous versions to justify this behavior?

        Best regards,

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          Administrator (karma: +1193),
          The new version stores files in %appdata%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop. So you need to create the empty folder in that directory. As easy way press Win+R and execute the following command:
          cmd.exe /c md "%appdata%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype-Setup.exe"

          Of course, they can change the updater name at any time, but this will affect only future releases. Moreover, considering that they never changed updater name of the classic version, I hope they will not do this even in the new version. (fingerscrossed)
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            Oscar Gil (karma: +13),
            Ok, next time Skype updates I will check that folder.

            Thank you very much!!
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      Jeremy (karma: +1),
      running this as a bat file would disable it for all current and new users added to the system......

      IF NOT EXIST "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype-Setup.exe" mkdir "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype-Setup.exe"

      for /f %%a in ('dir c:\users /b') do del "c:\users\%%a\appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype-Setup.exe" /Q & mkdir "c:\users\%%a\appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype-Setup.exe"
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    Lee (karma: +1),
    Is there any new method to disable this new Skype update?
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      Administrator (karma: +1193),
      Hey! Please read my comment above ;)
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    Daxesh Tadvi (karma: +1),
    Hi I applied File transfer blocked in previous version of skype but after upgrade 8.15 this policy doesn't work can you please help me for the same.?

    If anyone found solution then please please ping me.
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      Administrator (karma: +1193),
      Hi! I'm not sure, but I don't think that the new Skype supports Group Policies.
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    Neil (karma: +4),
    Please tell me how to set how much chat history ( ie, 3 months, 1 year etc) should be stored on my local hard drive. Also, please confirm the location of the chat history file(s).

    Thank you.
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      Administrator (karma: +1193),
      Hi! It should store the history in the following SQLite database file:
      %appdata%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\skylib\username\main.db

      I'm not sure, but it seems, it is not so (at least on my PC). I do not exclude that the new Skype stores chat history only in the cloud, and at this moment you cannot change how long to store the chat history.
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        Oscar Gil (karma: +13),
        Good morning,

        I had a support chat session last week about this. An agent confirmed me that Skype 8.x only stores in the cloud the last 30 days of history and that there is no option to store older entries locally in any way, they will be lost.

        I haven't tried this yet, but if you install Skype 8.x over an existing 7.x installation, there is an option in the new Skype that allows to convert the full history of the old version to a web based history browser. It is in the "application configuration" menu, at the end, section "Other", "Export chat history". Once you click it, you reach a windows titled "Export chat history from Skype 7.x". I haven't fully tested it yet, but hopefully it will work fine.

        But, even having that solution, once you have worked 30 days with the new skype, you will start to have a gap between the most new entry of that history browser and the oldest entry of the new program. That gap can't be avoided in any way, unless you forget Skype 8 and stay in Skype 7.

        But, how long will they maintain Skype 7?
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          Administrator (karma: +1193),
          Hello! Sorry for being late.

          Unfortunately, they do not talk about their plans for the classic version, but the new classic version was released today, so I hope they will support it some more time. On other side, at this moment, on Skype for 1-to-1 chats I see history of approximately a year ago. Anyway, if old conversations are important for you, make a backup of the main.db, so later you could view it (in the worst case, you can use SQLiteBrowser to find old messages).

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