I used to use old skype versions successfully after removing skype from my PC (uninstall through control panel in windows system). Recently I accepted the upgrade skype option. I tried to uninstall and get back to an older version. When I started using, the skype program forcefully logged me out. This kept on repeating and now I am unable to use the older skype versions. Looks like the Skype has stored something somewhere in my PC that I need to clear after which I might be able to use older version again without any problem.
Can anyone suggest me what I should be doing to be able to install older skype version successfully?
Thanks for your reply and recommendation.
Unfortunately, I do not believe that all new versions are good. Also I am not a fan of facebook etc and I feel this is congested. What I did not like actually is the fact that Skpe software now hijacks my decision of choosing a previous version. I just need to be able to make a decision on my machine (I do not need Skype to decide things on my machine). I only need to clean-up the cookies i suppose. If anyone has ides, please let me know.
24-04-2012 23:08 - edited 25-04-2012 16:45
I've found the newer versions to be better in the ways Claudius mentioned...the ways that matter to me. And I too don't use Facebook and don't use the Facebook integration. I just declined it.
But if you want an older version of Skype, you can still get them here:
I used to download and run older versions easily without any problem. But last week I accidentally okayed to skype upgrade. After this, I am unable to run older versions evenafter I delete the current skype and install older version. Skype simply logs me out automatically without letting me do anything. If I download current version, then only I can use skype.
I am suspecting that skype recent version stores this upgrade info somewhere and interferes with older versions thereby crashing them. Primarily, this approach is what I disliked. I might suceed if I totally format my disk and start afresh without giving control to skype again. But this requires massive time. There must be a solution to this, I am wondering what could that be...
You can try a complete uninstall as described here:
Thank you g4pilut for your patience and help.
The "regedit" step was new to me in the process you mentioned. The rest I had already tried. So, I went through this process 3 times and deliberately tried to go to an old version 4.* something, 3.* something just to see if it allows me to operate these. I did not go for the most recent version, just to check if I am able to delete skype successfully from my PC. To my surprise/shock, I discovered that Skype does not even allow me to logon!
This is getting on my nerves now. I will try it several times again and try preventing Skype from dictating me what I should be doing. I will post the updates here anyway.
If you're not comfortable doing a registry edit you can use a tool like Revo Uninstaller to do the complete uninstall.
Thank you! I did registry edit as your explanation was very clear. I am probably missing some step here I guess. I just need to try and get it. The only thing I probably missed was, when I gave "skype" in find, it gave tens of files but I deleted only the ones that had "skype" in them. May be I should delete all.
The other steps such as Skype folders, SkypePM etc I am familiar with and I have no issues there.
This issue I encountered only with the recent Skype version, I never had this problem before. So, there is something this new version does to discourage from going back to older versions.
Thanks again, I will try your new suggestion too.
If a regedit find found an entry when searching for Skype, there's probably a reason and for a full install that key/value/data should probably be deleted.
But again, if you're not comfortable doing this, use Revo instead of doing it manually.
I don't have any other ideas why you wouldn't be able to install an older version and I have no way of trying to duplicate your issue. As I said earlier, I'm happy with the current Skype version.