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Even though there are many new versions of Skype, a large amount of people are still using and searching for Skype 3.8. I think that this is basically because of the new interface that is introduced to us in Skype 4. Many people didn’t like the drastic change – why change something that isn’t broken, right :)?

This is why I introduce to your attention the 3.8 version, that can’t be downloaded from Skype.com. The supported operating systems are Windows 2000/XP/Vista and unofficially Windows 7. If you are looking for a different version of Skype and you have stumbled upon this post by accident, please visit our category page Download Skype and choose another version.

For Windows 7

If you are looking for an old version of Skype that runs on Windows 7, then this version should do the trick. Just ignore the message telling you that the program is not compatible with Windows 7 and check on the tick saying do not show this message again (or something like that).

For 64-bit Windows

If you are having problems with the version that I offer you at the top right (3.8.0.188), try this one -> Skype 3.8.0.115.

What is new in Skype 3.8?

  • New UPnP implementation
  • Extras Manager version 2.0
  • Your profile picture is by default hidden for users not in your contact list
  • Better sound quality during conversation

Skype 3.8 screenshots

Contact list in 3.8

Contact list in 3.8

Chat window

Chat window

General settings

General settings

Changing data in your profile in skype 3.8

Changing data in your profile in skype 3.8

Finding and adding new contacts

Finding and adding new contacts

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184 responses on this post

  1.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #115

    @Mark
    You are welcome :)

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  2.  
    Emerald says:
    #116

    I have a problem installing skype 3.8 on windows8 coz my win7 isn’t much of a help. Each time I install it, it disappears immediately I signed it and I think there should be a way of working around it.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #117

    @Emerald
    Hi. I don’t know if 3.8 should work on win 8, but you might try the suggestions in comment #33. If they do not work you might even rename the whole Skype folder located in %appdata% (after you quit Skype). This will force the creation of new data and usually helps in many cases. (I assume that in win 8 the %appdata%/Skype stuff is the same, I have not tested it).

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  4.  
    Mike says:
    #118

    Hey guys,
    I just would like to say THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH! I spent last 4 hours trying to find solution how to get some 3.x version of Skype to Windows 7 64-bit and after about 8 or 10 trials I was totaly desperate and ready to go to 4.2 version.. So I said to myself – last trial. I downloaded your version for 64-bit systems and it really works! There are some malfunctions for example I’m unable to set the level of microphone but that is a small price.
    So again thanks guys you are great!

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #119

    @Mike
    Awesome :).
    Actually a visitor to the Bulgarian language version of the site (I am from there) told me in the comments (comment #245 from here to be exact) that 3.8.0.115 works for 64-bit. This is when I uploaded it in addition to the 3.8.0.118 and I added this information to the article. Credit goes to him for this tip :).
    I am glad it helped you. Regards.

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  6.  
    Lillian mandy says:
    #120

    hello please check my skype i cant download old Skype 3.8 plz help me

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #121

    @Lillian mandy
    Hi. What is the problem exactly? And what device and operating system are you using?

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  8.  
    blaks says:
    #122

    Hi, I downloaded the old version 3.8 but it doesn’t allow me to make video calls. What do I do?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #123

    @blaks
    Hi. It is because other people are using a new version. You have to be both with old versions to work. But I think that the person with the new version can still start a video call with you. I am not sure though. Try it.

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    Deksinjo says:
    #124

    Hi, have same problem like “Blaks”. Looks like only skype version 4 and upper can make video call, but 3.8 is so easy for my 10″ acer with atom processor. New 6 version always blocks my pc and make my system svch processes occupated over 50% even if skype is showdown. Skype 6 sucks

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  11.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #125

    @Deksinjo
    Hi. Try different versions like 4.x or 5.x.

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  12.  
    destiny says:
    #126

    Hi Nikolay. I am unable to download skype 3.8. When I am downloading, it will stop at 1 secs remaining to download to my computer, why is that?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #127

    @destiny
    Hi.
    I think you have this problem: https://www.google.com/search?q=download+won't+finish

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    Anil says:
    #128

    Nikolay..

    I am using windows 7.. and trying to install older version 3.8 to have ability to search online users.
    I am facing similar issue of Skype closing down abruptly after 30 odd seconds..
    I tried all of above suggestion #33, 104,107.. but it is not helping..
    Is there any way i can get around this?
    Also, with latest version can i search for online contact?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #129

    @Anil
    Hi.
    Then try also this: Quit Skype, open random folder, type in the address bar %appdata% and hit enter, rename Skype folder to SkypeOld, open Skype. All history and settings will be gone but it fixes all kinds of problems in the files that the program uses (because a new folder will be created automatically).
    With the most recent version you can search by name, email, and Skype name. What do you mean to search for online contact?

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    Aneel says:
    #130

    Hi Nik

    thanks for reply, i did try removing the older folder by putting %Appdata%.. it created new folder when i logged into skype.

    still no luck.. it disappears in 30 sec.

    i am looking out for option to search for online contact rather than just searching contact who may or may not be online at that moment..
    in 3.8, you have that option to search by skype status.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #131

    Aneel, if you are using x64 windows, then get the 3.8.0.115 version. There is a link in the post above.

    By the way are you sure that you can search only online in 3.8? I am looking at the last screenshot above in the article and I see one checkbox to search people in SkypeMe! status, but it is different from online.

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  18.  
    nerry says:
    #132

    What can i do to prevent my skype being blocked? They do block my skype every day, what can i do to prevent this?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #133

    @nerry
    Hi. What do you mean they block it? The word block is used when a user blocks another user.

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    Aneel says:
    #134

    Hi Nikolay

    Thanks, version .115 worked!!.. the usage of skype me mode i found as below..
    Hope it means you can search ppl who are online..
    IS there any other way to find current online users.. who may not be in your contact list..

    Search people in Skype Me mode. Skype lets you display your online status, and Skype Me mode is an online status that lets the world know you are eager to receive calls and chats from anyone. When you search for skypers, you may want to select the Search People in Skype Me Mode box. Selecting this box guarantees that the people you find are people who want to talk.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #135

    @Aneel
    I’m glad it worked.
    When in SkypeMe! status people outside your contact list can contact you (regardless from privacy settings). And yes, you are online. But all other people that are just online without SkypeMe! will be ignored in the search. So there is a difference.
    But I don’t know other way to search for online only. So I guess this is the closest to what you want.

    By the way, is there some problem with submitting comments? I ask because I see people sending two comments as if they think the first one was not submitted.

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    Dani Reynold says:
    #136

    I have view the previous comments and seen my exact stress. I have the 3.8 but it last for more than 10 seconds before it goes off. I have tried your solution in #33, but don’t even know how to go about the second solution which is creating a random folder….. So I will like you to come a bit down to my level so I understand and try the solution. As for the compatibility, I was able to view it and its off. Please help me. Am seriously counting on you.. Please

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #137

    @Dani Reynold
    Hi. I have changed the comment to say “open any folder”, this is what I mean. If you are with 64-bit Windows, please use the Skype 3.8.0.115 version, there is a link above in the post.

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  24.  
    jerr says:
    #138

    Hi Nik,
    I am using windows 8 and I had Skype but somehow got deleted, so I am searching for an old version and bumped in hear. I am trying to install 3.8 and it does install but when finish a pop-up says Skype has stopped working I tried both version, p/s help I soooo desperate
    Kind regards
    Jerr

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #139

    @jerr
    Hi. For windows 8 there are two types of Skypes.
    One is some kind of application, you can get it from here: http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-windows8/
    The other one is the desktop version, but unfortunately the versions below 4 don’t seem to work. Compatibility mode does not help as well.
    BUT I saw now on one place they say that version 3.2 works, I will have to test it.

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  26.  
    thomas says:
    #140

    how can i get skype 3.8 to work on my windows 8 64 bit laptop.

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  27.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #141

    @thomas
    Hi. It does not work, as far as I know. 3.2 kind of works, but has some problems. I tried it on 32 bit Win 8, you can try it too if you want.

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  28.  
    likky says:
    #142

    Please I really need urgent help. I downloaded skype 3.6 and after the download and installation its always requesting for updates and I don’t want to update but when I click on quit my skype will go off. I tried downloading 3.8, after installation when I log in it will stay for 30 sec and log out. When I check for the comment I saw help in #33, but when I try taking the same process it still not work. Please i need help.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #143

    @likky
    Hello.
    First do the stuff I say in comment #17 below this post: http://en.chat4o.com/people-cant-hear-me-on-skype/
    Then install 3.8 (if you are using 64 bit Windows install 3.8.0.115, there is a link above in the post on the current page).
    After this disable updates like this: http://en.chat4o.com/stop-skype-updates/
    If it is still not working well please update Internet Explorer and clear its cache and internet files and try again.
    I hope this helps :)

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  30.  
    Ivy says:
    #144

    HI,

    I am ivy from China. Thank you for sharing the older version of skype since i have been scouting this for months on internet…..

    The only problem is that skype 3.8 doesn’t fit into window 7 operation system in my laptop. I am wondering if we could work this thing out.

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  31.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #145

    Hi Ivy. It will work on Windows 7. Ignore messages that say that it is not compatible. If you are using 64 bit Windows then download 3.8.0.115, there is a link in the post above.
    What error do you get or what happens exactly?

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  32.  
    kwame boateng says:
    #146

    Hi.
    Why any time if i am trying to add my friend outside country they just block my account? Is there any help? I am really tired.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #147

    @kwame boateng
    Hi. What do you mean? You are adding someone and he is blocking you? If this is the case I do not why. Maybe this is not the person you think. Check the Skype Name, not the other name. Only the Skype Name is unique. Many people can have the same name.

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  34.  
    Abel p says:
    #148

    Hello.
    Please, I need your help. Each time I download skype 3.8 it keeps on going off. Each time I tried to sign in it will close. Please I need your help.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #149

    @Abel p
    Hello.
    I would suggest a complete uninstall made with the program Revo Uninstaller. Make sure you choose the Advanced option when you do it because only this will remove everything. After you are done, install Skype again. This solves a lot of problems.
    If this does not help use a program like CCleaner to clean the Windows registry and to delete bad ones.
    If this does not help reset all Internet Explorer settings. One way to do it is with this page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737
    If something helps, it will be awesome to tell me which one so I know more about the problem.
    Regards.

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  36.  
    mawuli says:
    #150

    My skype 3.8 closes itself whenever i open it. Pls help me out.

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  37.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #151

    Hi. See my previous comment #149.

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  38.  
    Angel says:
    #152

    Hello, is it hard to download skype??

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  39.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #153

    Hi. No, it is easy. You just click the button at the top of the page below the facebook button.

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  40.  
    mike says:
    #154

    I download 3.8 but find it hard to install it. But each time i download the 4.2 it installed successfully. What should i do to install 3.8?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #155

    @mike
    Hi.
    Well it depends on what is the problem exactly. Usually it a problem with windows installer of some sorts. Tell me th error you are getting and what windows are you using.

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  42.  
    arthur says:
    #156

    If I download skype 3.8 and if I want to run it on my computer it will say skype has stopped working. I use Window 7 ultimate.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #157

    Hi Arthur.
    See comment #149 above and follow the steps there.
    If you are using 64 bit Windows then see in the post there is a link to another version that works better there.

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  44.  
    mike says:
    #158

    I uninstalled my 3.8 version and install the new version 6.6
    I find it hard to install the 3.8 version again. Each time i install it it will show skype has stopped working. Please help

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #159

    Hi Mike. Try the stuff from comment #149 above and then install 3.8.

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  46.  
    ALICE says:
    #160

    I LOVE THIS CHAT

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  47.  
    ALICE says:
    #161

    THIS SITE IS VERY NICE FOR COMMUNICATION

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  48.  
    Tirhas says:
    #162

    Hi
    I lost my Contact from skype
    i need to ask online

    With Best Regards,
    Tirhas

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  49.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #163
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    bedman says:
    #164

    i have tried all the method of your post on how to get my skype to work because it stops working every 30sec plz help me out

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #165

    @bedman
    Hi. Try removing it completely with revo uninstaller and choose the advanced option in there. This will remove everything (including history).
    First make a backup of the contacts http://en.chat4o.com/export-skype-contacts/ just in case, sometimes rarely they disappear when you do these stuff.

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  52.  
    bedman says:
    #166

    it hasnt worked yet and also i am using a windows 8….plz i need ur urgent help on this tnx

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #167

    @bedman
    Hi. 3.8 does not work in win 8 (at least when I tested it). 3.2 kind of works, with some problems.

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    arthur says:
    #168

    i cant run the skype in my computer

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  55.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #169

    @arthur
    Hi.
    What is the problem exactly?

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  56.  
    arthur says:
    #170

    i can’t run skype 3.8 on my computer any solution for me?

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #171

    Hi. Let me know more information about the problem. What error do you get, or what happens exactly. What OS are you using?

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    arthur says:
    #172

    if i want to run it i wont be able to run it i don’t know why. if i press rus it will load on the process it will stop

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #173

    @arthur
    I don’t know what your OS is, for example it does not work on WIn 8.
    If it is on another, you can try completely removing it with the advanced option in the program Revo Uninstaller and then installing it again.

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  60.  
    arthur says:
    #174

    if i want to singin my sykpe it will be writting

    skype cannot connect

    try the following

    1 contact your network administrator
    2 restart skype and wait 2 minutes for it reconnect automatically

    please i need solution

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  61.  
    conie says:
    #175

    new issue: cannnot sign into 3.8. (or 4, or 3.6 or 4.2) – can download and istall, but cannot sign on. can download and sign on to current skype 6-something, but don’t wnt it. have vista. all was ok until 2 days ago. have tried uninstalling, re-installing, resetting explorer, but nothing is helping let me sign on.

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  62.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #176

    Guys, it seems they stopped these versions too. Update to latest skype.

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  63.  
    Hackman says:
    #177

    please i dont no why my skype id have been blocking i am in Ghana and if you create the 3.8 and if you are adding people it will block within the few mins please help me

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #178

    @Hackman
    Hi. Try the new skype. They are shutting down all versions below 6.14.

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  65.  
    michael says:
    #179

    hello

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  66.  
    william says:
    #180

    skype keep blocking me as soon as i start to search with it … what will i do for skype to stop block my account

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #181

    @william
    Hi. Are you using the most recent Skype?
    Also what exactly happens?

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  68.  
    Baggio says:
    #182

    Suddenly i can not log on skype portable 3.8. could you kindly tell me reason?

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  69.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #183

    Hi. Skype retired old versions and they do not work. You need at lest 6.14.

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    Er Ma Cin says:
    #184

    Hackman if you can help me download Skype 3.8 i will give you username and password and i promise they will not block you AGAIN

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