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How To Get Windows Live Messenger In Windows 7 To Display Music Playing on Windows Media Player?

As far as I know, the problem of Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7 not showing song information from Windows Media Player 12 as part of the personal message still exists in the latest Windows Live Messenger Beta version 2010.

Requirements to enable Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7 to display song title of music file playing on Windows Media Player:
Software used in this guide:
1) Windows Live Messenger Beta version 2010 (build 15.3.2804.607)
2) Windows Media Player 2009 version 12.0.7600.16145
3) Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows Media Player 12 settings

1) Open Windows Media Player. The Library view should be the default on startup – if this is not your case, press CTRL+1 to switch Windows Media Player 12 to Library mode.

2) While in the Library view, press CTRL+M to show menu bar and then make sure the Windows Live Messenger Music Plugin is enabled / activated – click Tools menu and go to Plug-ins option:

Enable Windows Live Messenger Music Plugin in Windows Media Player 12.

Windows Live Messenger Beta version 2010 settings

1) Open and log in Windows Live Messenger Beta. Press ALT+T to bring up Tools menu and select Options. Alternatively, click your MSN ID and select “More Options”:

How to access or open Windows Live Messenger Options dialog box?

2) In the Windows Live Messenger Options dialog box, select Personal shortcut on left pane and enable “Show song information from Windows Media Player as a personal message”:

Configure Windows Live Messenger Beta version 2010 to show song information from Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7

Windows 7 Music Library

This is the additional requirement for Windows 7 users – if this is not done, then you’ll encounter that “problem”.

Without adding the music files to Windows 7 Music Library, Windows Live Messenger only display the song title if you play them one by one manually (i.e. cannot use Playlist).

The easiest way, to me, to add the music files to Music Library is by right click the folder (one folder at a time) and selects “Include in library” from the context menu. See also the many ways used to include music files to Windows 7 library.

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  1. Walker 15-08-10@21:46

    The “problem” outlined by Linda Yan on this page is still valid :-(

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