I have Windows 8, and I want regular Skype, not Metro Skype. Metro Skype doesn't support many features that the desktop version does, and it's buggy.

I tried to go to http://beta.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/. When I hit "Get Skype for Windows 8," I'm redirected to the Windows Store to install Metro Skype.

How can I download and install normal Skype on Windows 8?


The original installer can be found here.

  • Download the setup file, right click on it and select Properties
  • Select the Compatibility Tab
  • Then check mark Run this program in Compatibility mode
  • Click Apply and check if it works.

You can download an offline installer here:

Skype Offline Installer for Windows

No need to run it in compatibility mode, or be connected when installing - works perfectly.

I would recommend removing the Metro version, however - which I find quite annoying to use as it logs in and out randomly and renders you uncontactable - presumably because Metro has absolute control over it and kills it when your PC runs out of RAM.


At the top hover mouse over get skype and select skype for windows desktop. Sign in and download.

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