Replace the code shown in Your First Skin with the following one if you're using Messenger 8.1
<SkinInfo> <Information> <Name>Test Skin</Name> </Information> <MessengerSkin> <ResGroup> <Restrictions> <MsgVersions> <Version Major="8" Minor="1"/> </MsgVersions> </Restrictions> <Resources> <Replace> <Strings> <String Id="61288">Hello World!</String> </Strings> <Graphics><Pictures> <Picture Id="20055"> <File>clouds.jpg</File> </Picture> </Pictures></Graphics> </Replace> </Resources> </ResGroup> </MessengerSkin> </SkinInfo>
Differences with the original code: the Version tag specifies version 8.1 instead of version 8.5 and the Id of the Picture element is 20055 instead of 20061. Note however that changing the background of Messenger's 8.1 contact list using this method will result in a background that does not stretch properly when the window is resized. This code is only a demonstration meant to be used if you did not upgrade to a more recent version of Messenger yet.
Your First Skin.