I had big problems with 8.5, not the ones you mentioned but things like disconecting each time I got a message.
I downloaded Windows Live Messenger 9.0 BETA and works fine no problems.
First of all, I apologize if this topic is posted somewhere else.
The thing is, I have 2gb of RAM and everything else is going fine. However, when messenger is on and I get a message or even an emoticon the whole system freezes for cca 5 seconds, which is abhorrently annoying.
I tried to switch to msn 7.5, but microsoft wont let me...
What to do?