How to Keep Using Old Skype Versions in Windows, Windows 10

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You might be content of using an older version of Skype in your Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating systems for several reasons. The fact of the matter is that Microsoft won’t provide any support for older versions of this application but don’t worry because by reading the lines below you will soon find out how to use an older version of Skype even in Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Use Skype older versions for WIndows 8 and Windows 10
Windows will not allow you to  install normally an older version of Skype like 6.13 ; mainly it will prevent you from signing in as you normally do. But users might not like the new versions in Skype because for one thing they will not allow you to block the advertisements in the application and also the newer versions of Skype take up a huge part of your Windows 8 and Windows 10 memory thus slowing it down.

How to make older versions of Skype work in Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems:

Method One:

  1. You will need to make a backup copy of the executable file you have for the older version of Skype.
    Note: you can copy the backup on your USB stick or portable hard drive.
  2. Go to the Windows store and install the latest version of Skype you have for Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating systems.
  3. Log into Skype as you normally do but be sure to check the box next to the “Automatic sign in” feature.
  4. Now close the Skype app.
  5. Go to your “C:/” partition in Windows and double click (left click) on the “Program Files” folder you have there.
  6. Now in the “Program Files” folder you should have the “Skype” app folder.
  7. In the “Skype” folder you will need to replace the executable file with the one you had from the older version of Skype you want to use.
  8. Double click (left click) on the executable file after you replaced it .
  9. After you run the executable you will be able to run the older version of Skype because you already saved your user account data with the new version.

Method two:

  1. Install Skype version 3.8 from the Windows store.
  2. After the installation is completed you will need to sign in again with your user account and password.
    Note: Check again the box next to “Auto sign in when starting Skype”
  3. Close the Skype version after you signed in.
  4. Open the Skype app again.
  5. Press and hold the button “Windows “ and the button “R”.
  6. Write in the “Run” window you opened the following line “%APPDATA%\Skype”
  7. You will find in the folder that opened a “config.xml” folder with your account information.
  8. Now run the older version of Skype by double clicking (left click) on the executable file.
  9. You will see that it will sign in automatically.
    Note: it will ask you to update the Skype app but you can skip this pop up message and continue your work.

There you go, two ways on how to continue using your Skype with the older versions of the app. You can also write us below in the comments sections if these methods worked for you or not.

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