If you have downloaded yahoo messenger, you must be aware of the fact that you can't download Yahoo messenger directly. When you download it, you actually download a Online installer which installs the Yahoo messenger online. And you don't have a copy of setup too. While having a chat discussion with Nspeaks (a guy who always have a answer of my queries), he told me about this little trick that allows me to download the messenger directly without the need of downloading that crappy online installer.
The trick is to add y before the filename of the online installer in the url and you can directly download the full messenger setup. When you click Download Yahoo Messenger,download starts and you have this in the page:
Right Click on click here to copy the link and this is your URL for online installer.
For Yahoo messenger 8
Link for downloading that online installer is http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/msgr8us.exe and if you add y in the filename and then paste it in the address bar, it is the direct download link for the full setup of messenger. Your link now looks like http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr8us.exe
For Yahoo messenger 9 Beta
Link for downloading that online installer is http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr9/us/msgr9us.exe and if you add y in the filename and then paste it in the address bar, it is the direct download link for the full setup of messenger. Your link now looks like http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr9/us/ymsgr9us.exe
For Yahoo messenger 9 Final & Region Specific Setup
If you are looking for region specific setup, then you can use this trick @ Nspeaks.com
For Windows Vista Users
Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista has been discontinued and if you want to download it, then you can download it from Techie Buzz.
For Yahoo messenger 10
Direct Download Links
For all those lazy bones, here are your direct download links for yahoo messenger:
The above links were verified to be working on February 19,2010. If any of the above links have stopped working, then leave a comment and I will update it with the new link.