Certain circumstances require you to access your MSN chat logs, especially if you need to obtain important information from previous chats. You may also need to check a chat for a friend or family member. Unfortunately, MSN conversation logs are only available on the computer the user types them on unless networked to the other computer or you have remote access to it. The logs are saved locally on the hard drive and do not transfer to other PCs when logged in. The computer must also have the history log turned on, and you sometimes will need the username and password to obtain them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Internet connection
- Computer network
- Remote access
- PC password
- MSN password
Find out if the folder is accessible over the network. It may take you a few minutes to find the information you are looking for because of the vague categorisation of the MSN folders.
Double-click the computers' shared folder, and navigate through the list of files. Search for "My Documents" within the shared folder. Double-click "My Received Files" and select "History."
Double-click files to access chat logs from particular days or particular conversations once in the folder. This will take a few minutes to load since you are not accessing the files directly from the original computer.
Click the icon on your desktop to access the computer remotely, if you have remote access. The files will also take a few minutes to load remotely.
Have the username and password available for the PC. Input the username and password, if required, and press "Enter."
Sign in to the MSN account to view the history, or navigate through the C drive to the "History" folder once signed in. Click "My Documents" on the "Start" menu. Select "My Received Files", and then choose "History" to view the MSN history.
Select "My Documents" and choose the MSN history folder. If nothing appears, be sure to turn on the history option the next time you log in to MSN.
Select "Show Menu," located next to your photo. Click "Tools," and select "Messages." Make sure the option to save chat history has a check next to it.
Right-click the history folder and check the sharing option within "Preferences." This will make the folder available over the network to view it on additional PCs.
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