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How to retrieve MSN Messenger display pictures

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One of my friend asked me that he needs to copy the display picture he had in his MSN Messenger display. He has tried searching but could not located it. Here is some detail about MSN way of storing display pictures.

Please browse to the following path

%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Messenger

Here you will see folders against each email id that signed in to the msn messenger on that particular machine. Follow the steps to retrieve the display picture.

  • Browse to the desired email id whose DP you want to retrieve
  • Open ObjectStore and then open UserTile folder.
  • You’ll see some files in it with some weird  names ending with either DT2 extension or ID2. (notice the file size of both files. the DT2 will be slightly larger than ID2).

The DT2 is actually that thumbnail of your display picture. You have to open it using any photo viewer software:

  • Right click on the file
  • Select open
  • A pop up will come up asking you to search for the desired program from internet or choose
  • Select on choose and then use any photo editing software
    • For basic users select “windows pictures and fax viewer”
  • Now you can save this picture at your favorite location.

Written by ..alee

July 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

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  1. Thank you so much for this information….
    I lost my picture,. so now i got it back… its really tiny but its cool,. thanks again


    July 26, 2009 at 9:43 pm

  2. where to find the userprofile?


    December 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

  3. enter this in “run” window %USERPROFILE% and hit enter


    December 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  4. If your using windows vista or 7, the address to find the images might instead be :”C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger\YOUREMAIL\ObjectStore\UserTile\” as I found.

    Dark Ninja

    June 18, 2010 at 4:08 am

  5. yes, thats true. the better way is to open the folder from run prompt i.e.

    1. Press window key + r
    2. Enter %USERPROFILE% hit enter
    3. and then navigate to folder.

    by this command you don’t have to worry which windows are you using.


    June 18, 2010 at 4:58 am

  6. this didnt work for me, it said the file wasnt backed up and it didnt open it with anything i tried?


    May 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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