With the newest Messenger we no longer support the integration of your
contacts with the contacts folder in Vista. You can manage your Windows
Live Contacts using Windows Live Mail or Windows Live Messenger. We wanted
to make sure your Contacts went with you from machine to machine and using
the Windows Live Contact server helped make that happen. In the latest Beta
the contacts are guarded by XP / Vista file system settings which is why the
option was removed. Unfortunately, with the new way we store your contacts
integration with Windows Contacts was not a priority due to our desire to
"roam" your contacts.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for using Messenger!
Windows Live Team.
> I've just installed the WLM 9 beta on an XP machine and noticed that the
> "encrypt contact list data..." setting is no longer present in the Privacy
> options. On my Vista PC I uncheck this box, so the live contacts are
> automatically synchronised with the Windows Contacts list (which works
> Am I right in thinking that this functionality will no longer work if I
> install the new beta, i.e contacts are encrypted by default and there's no
> way of disabling that?