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Live Messenger – “Show what I’m listening to” Doesn’t work

Windows Live Messenger sometimes doesn’t show the music you play on Windows Media Player even though you set it to show.

The work around is the following…

Open up Windows Media Player, and go to Tools => Options (You might need to hit the ALT key to see the hidden menu)

Click the Plug-ins tab, then on the Category Column, Click on Background and make sure Windows Live Messenger Music Plug-in is ticked. If not, tick it and Apply then OK.

See the following screenshot for more info…

live messenger

Now you should be able to Show what you play on Windows Media Player.

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  • Kiyora-chan

    wow tnx, it worked

    Loves -xx-

  • Genossa

    Thank you very much, i was very stumped when messenger didnt show!

  • Michael

    It worked! Thank you!!!

  • denon

    wow thank you so much haha i was so mad when it did not work

  • Darren

    Thanks alot.

    It worked before, and then it just suddenly stopped, this helped me solve it.

    Thanks alot again πŸ™‚


  • lau

    thanks a lot!!!take care

  • adele x

    It didn't work for me:(

    any other suggestionss???

    Email me on adele_28@hotmail.co.uk if ya know how to fix it

  • eua

    thanx a lot! πŸ™‚

  • ¬. tASHARRRR;*

    You Got Anythin Else i Can Try; That (^) Dont Work; Soz ?x

  • staka

    Yay! It works.. no wonder it didn't work few years ago.

  • staka

    Yay! It works.. no wonder it didn’t work few years ago.

  • Random

    Woot thanks alot lol

  • Random

    Woot thanks alot lol

  • luvvy

    thank you very much now every one can see my groovy songs lol thanx

  • jhaysitq

    If the plugin is not there, choose add and browse to the psmsong.14.0.8050.1202.dll file or the version starting with PSMSONG and add it. Will be located in the messenger program files folder. It will show unknown plugin, this dissappear when you go back to it. But you can show the songs your listening too now.

    I had to do this as MS says 2003 Server is not supported, but I got Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery and Live writer to all run perfectly on my 2003 server operating system. I use this as my workstation (member server) due to the amount of memory and raid system, much faster than XP. And in no way will I go to Vista. lol

  • hitetrel

    Thanks! it worked for me too lols.

  • Ashour

    thxxxx lots and lots πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • sundin_500

    thank you sir, i am not sure why i did not venture into these waters my self.

  • jayne

    thank you!!! it works now πŸ™‚

  • Iron Maiden


  • paul

    Thanks it worked πŸ™‚

    a lot of help


  • paul

    Thanks it worked πŸ™‚
    a lot of help

  • Evangeline

    Thank you so much ! ~

    So helpful. =]

  • ZuryLove

    Thank you sooo very much, you saved me πŸ™‚

  • hotshot

    Thanks Alot Man..

  • Abdullah

    thnks for the advice it helped me a lot.


  • Jessie

    thanks man. i've been having this problem for a long time, and it really bugged me.

  • Kyon

    Such a stupid solution, I feel ashamed that I didn't thought about it hahaha…

  • Sam

    Brilliant! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Ronit

    Hey fren thank u so much it worked Bt not wid the videos do U know its solution?

  • Ronit

    Hey fren thank u so much it worked Bt not wid the videos do U know its solution?

  • haziq hakim

    lmao thnx!!

  • Lucifer

    thanks ^^

  • Konan

    there is no "plug-ins" tab, what else can I do?

  • Shizzle-dizzle

    O M G h3h3 fankyhuu dis rlly helped me, lve yhuuu all woop woop ha!

  • Jackumorris

    it worked thank you so much i was getting very annoyed with my msn but now i dont have to throw my monitor out the window and rip my harddrive out and jump on it till my feet bleed

  • enaidchris

    even though i felt kind of stupid for not finding it out for myself jajaja thanks…! πŸ˜€

  • Danny

    Ok guys tried all the solutions. Still having this problem. The first song shows up but after that it stops saying what im playing. Tried re-installing it and still the same problem.Any advice?

  • gatex

    thanks it works !

  • Lamada1997

    thankkkkk u for this soluotion

  • Guest

    it should be working send me a quick fix lol

  • Tana

    Just a quick note… In my version of WMP, you don't have to enter Options, but "Plug-ins" is its own menu option under "Tools". Other than that it works just as written. Just to clear possible confusion.

    • Probably the version I was using is different from the one you are using…

  • Lindsay

    Yes! I could not figure out why it wasn’t workin. Thanks!

  • Zia

    Thankyou so much!
    It works !!! πŸ™‚


    Thanks for this tip, helped me a lot ! πŸ˜€

  • Nada

    Thank You A Lot ! It Did Work =]

  • Nada

    Thank you it did work <3

  • Antlester

    Thanks, that worked. I’m sure the older versions of messenger showed the track as an always on line of text, which I prefer to the newerΒ versions musical note icon, that you have to hover over first to getΒ the text in a tool tip.

  • Martin

    How working this option with J.River MC 17?????

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