Old Skype on Windows 8 Reviewed by Momizat on . Since the launch of Windows 8, I have been nothing but annoyed at the fact that you need to use the Metro Skype version that requires a full screen to use. It's Since the launch of Windows 8, I have been nothing but annoyed at the fact that you need to use the Metro Skype version that requires a full screen to use. It's Rating: 0
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Old Skype on Windows 8

Since the launch of Windows 8, I have been nothing but annoyed at the fact that you need to use the Metro Skype version that requires a full screen to use. It’s a chat application, and I rather not have it take up a whole screen just to be able to talk to someone.

Anyway, I found a way around it and that is to download the full version of Skype and install it.

You can download the file here:

Skype Full Install

I don’t really know if this is necessary or not, but I changed the¬†compatibility¬†to Windows 7 before running the installation. So in case you get an error that you would when you run the normal install of Skype on Windows 8 saying to install it from the Store, do this:

Right Click on SkypeSetupFull.exe -> Properties

Click on the Compatibility tab

Under “Compatibility Mode”, check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select Windows 7

After that, run the installation and you should be fine.

Edit:

You can also run this Skype installation for the desktop version I have found:

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-windows/

If you get lost in the link, I have provided a copy I downloaded from them.

Click here to download

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  • paul

    dont believe this works anymore…i try signing in with my microsoft account and it keeps crashing

  • Sheryl

    You, Sir, are a rockstar!!! Thank you SOOO much! I’ve been battling this for a year. Kudo’s!

  • syed

    thank you very much, u save my old skype . :)

  • Jubru

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss it works!!!! thanks a lot!!!

  • zFEDRULEz

    FREEEDOM! Thanks Asitha! Now next year I wont get bombarded by mass skype advertisement FREEDOM to the people LOL

  • kouker

    8.1 skype is crashing on sign up. This solution is not working anymore.

    • http://www.midnightepiphanies.com Asitha de Silva

      I have updated the post with an alternate option.

  • Wasabih

    The older, the best. Thanks!
    (Wish Windows never bought Skype…)

  • peter

    thanks so much! works great!

  • Nick Tevebaugh

    so I have windows 8 laptop, downloading this will let me use old version of Skype and not this shit windows 8 one?

    • http://www.midnightepiphanies.com Asitha de Silva

      Exactly.

      • sandy

        do I have to uninstall my windows 8 Skype first????

      • sandy

        do I have to uninstall my windows 8 Skype first????

        • http://www.midnightepiphanies.com Asitha de Silva

          No

  • Hipca

    ty sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much :) windows 8 feels like a plague that is slowly killing me

  • ram

    great…. it works well on win 8. thanks

  • Santosh

    Great tip…It restored the older version of Skype.Thanks

  • peter

    you sir are an amazing person, microsoft needs to pull their heads out of their ass

  • jer

    thank you so much for this! the metro version was so shitty. i didn’t even get notifications when i wasn’t in the app screen! the win7 version works great (:

  • TY

    TY!!

  • Wil

    Skype on Windows 8 really sucks! You save our life for using skype. It now works perfectly. Thanks so… much!

  • mika

    thanks!! i was looking for it since ages! n it is finally working

  • Dylan Lin

    It worked!!

  • penguinee

    The windows 8 version of skype is really retarded. thanks for this :)

  • Sha

    Asitha – Its working perfect… Thanks for a wonderful tip that you have posted here… I was breaking my head with this Win8 version of Skype :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.evans.904750 Richard Evans

    Much better version! thanks! Don’t forget you might need to turn off updates in the advanced tab of Skype settings.

    • http://www.midnightepiphanies.com Asitha de Silva

      I actually updated it and it worked fine for me, so it might actually do any harm. If it does, you can just reinstall it from here anyway.

    • http://www.midnightepiphanies.com Asitha de Silva

      I actually updated it and it worked fine for me. It should not cause any harm to do so on yours either, but if it does, just redownload this file and reinstall :)

  • david

    Fantastic just got the old version back instead of the awful windows 8 version !!! , thank you I will use this site again.

  • I hate new version

    Under the old version I mean Skype 3.(…)!!! –źny suggestions?

  • Sobrinho

    this version doen’t work with a Microsoft account, since they are switching Windows Live Messenger off..

    • http://www.midnightepiphanies.com Asitha de Silva

      Actually it does. I’m using my Windows Live account with it and it worked fine for me.

      • Yusan Pui

        how to use with windows live account with your version?

  • Tab

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for some way to do this for a week now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.pond Jean Pond

    Thank you so much. Best tip ever!

  • pedro

    indeed, thanks a bunch! one of the most useful tips ever. Hated the windows 8 skype version (seems to be targeting 2y olds..), and so happy to be back on the traditional version!

  • bob

    hey, thanks for this,i just downloaded and it works perfect. alloy of people need this, I bought a new laptop yesterday with windows 8. Microsoft version sucks, never did get it to work.thanks soooooo much

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