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How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version

Christian Cawley 17-02-2012

old version tweetdeckThe quest for dominance and control over all apps using the Twitter API (which begs the question, why release an API?) has continued apace of late with the purchase of Tweetdeck finally resulting in a new version of the popular desktop app. Like other Twitter apps, Tweetdeck saves the user from having to deal with the clunky user interface of the browser-based service.


Capable of supporting multiple accounts, Tweetdeck was arguably the best Twitter app for Windows, but the new version has failed to live up to the legacy, largely due to problems signing in. As a result there are many users looking for alternatives – but fortunately it doesn’t take much effort to revert to the “classic” Tweetdeck and carry on using the software as before.

What Are The Differences?

Released in January 2012, the new version of TweetDeck features a re-designed user interface, a new blue logo and has discarded the use of the Adobe AIR cross-platform runtime environment. The result of this is a new application that can be quickly downloaded and installed for Windows and Mac OS X, as well as a version that can be installed as an app for the Chrome browser.

While there are many similarities in the way the two versions are used, there is however a small issue; many users have discovered that they cannot sign into the new Tweetdeck (although new users of the app – available here – should have no problems setting up an account and signing in).

old version tweetdeck

As Tweetdeck traditionally offered the ability to create an account which would then store Twitter logins – saving the user the chore of having to add their Twitter account to the software each time it is installed – issues signing in are obviously of some importance. Fortunately, old versions of the software are still available on the web, but due to the use of Adobe AIR these can prove tricky to install if you don’t follow the correct steps.


Removing Tweetdeck

A few people have tried reverting to the old Tweetdeck, but this brings with it some problems, mainly due to the way in which it is installed. Adobe AIR is a cross-platform environment for running software, which means that the software installed with it doesn’t require access to the Windows registry.

One result of this is that reinstalling an old app might fail. In order to avoid this, you will to need carry out the following steps:

switch to old tweetdeck

  • Remove the new Tweetdeck via Programs in Windows (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a program)
  • Reinstall Adobe Air (you can download this here)
  • Install the old version of Tweetdeck (see below)

If you use a separate partition for installing applications in Windows (that is, Windows on one partition, Program Files on another), while you might expect an environment like Adobe AIR to allow you to run software installed during a previous Windows installation, this isn’t possible. Indeed, Tweetdeck will not install in this scenario without first deleting the Tweetdeck installation folder.


Tracking Down An Old Version

As we’ve seen, Twitter has been quite aggressive in its attempts to remove the “classic” version of Tweetdeck. One result of this is that the older versions – such as 0.38.2 – aren’t listed in some of the usual locations where you might find software from days gone by.

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Fortunately there are a couple of places where you can find the last old-style release, 0.38.2, such as this link. After you have downloaded and installed the software, remember that it won’t work unless you have removed the previous versions, as described above.

What you should find, however, is that this version of the software will accept your login first time and restore your saved columns. It shouldn’t be long before you’re able to apply filters and manage multiple accounts with considerable ease.



Obviously performing this task is something that is down to personal preference. The two versions are both easy to use and functional and if you’re happy with the new Tweetdeck then you should carry on with it. Similarly if you’re not a fan of Adobe AIR then the new version of Tweetdeck is going to appeal.

Meanwhile, the new version offers new features such as the ability to schedule tweets. As such if this is something that appeals then you might like to give the standalone, Adobe AIR-free Tweetdeck a chance before reverting.

Let us know which version you prefer and why.  Did you manage to revert to the classic version and succeed?

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  1. e1ef36f927470aa86a1a361176728b75
    July 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    These instructions for switching back to the old version of Tweetdeck worked wonderfully! Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  2. jude
    July 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    i only heard of & installed TDeck recently. The older one looks a LOT friendlier, and i know that because i want to set up TUMBLR in on my deck and all the lovely instructions available on line show how to do it in the old version.

    so far cannot find any help for doing this in the new one and when i try to simply add a new account - the only option i can find - a screen goes by at the speed of light saying "(something) make take a while" (seriously - canNOT read that fast) and then nothing happens.

    it's really ugly and doesn't do what i want, but i shudder to think of someone with my skills doing anything remotely resembling surgery & possibly screwing up the facebook links... oh hell. if this is one of those places where you have to be at a certain level of functionality in order to either get an answer or understand it, sorry for the noise.

  3. Lee672011
    July 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    i tried using the new version and you cant had any new accounts needless to say i dented it

  4. vic
    June 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I gave the new tweetdeck for desktop and hated it, the white text on a black background made my eyeballs ache, I couldn't re-size the columns, it took me three tries to log into the thing to get it going and why do I need a tweetdeck account? I deleted it and went back to 38.2 it's a bit flaky on occassions but it works and I can have a nice blue eyeball friendly background, I would like back but I suppose you can't have everything. As a backup I use Metrotwit, it's a suberb app.

  5. Kawaii_Nai
    June 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    These instructions for switching back to the old version of Tweetdeck worked wonderfully! Thank you. (-^_^-)

  6. Brett Clay
    April 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Thank you so much for the info on how to go back to the old TweetDeck!

    I am shocked TweetDeck would release a new version with all great features removed. I felt so helpless with the new TweetDeck.

    I am back to the old version and back in the Twitter-verse!


  7. Jim Davis
    April 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for this tip. The new version simply stopped working for me for no reason, and reinstalling IT and AIR did not repair it.

    .38 still works fine.

    for the kind of money these guys have access to this is an embarrassment Two 15 year olds could do a better job than . they have on this. Where is a simple thing like being able to control the TIMEOUT on the alerts ?

  8. Kristine S
    April 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    it is also missing many of the features you get when you just rollover a tweet avatar. It is probably missing 80% of Tweetdeck's functionality - I could not even find a setting for RT @name - so it is just glorified and a no go for many people

  9. carschten
    April 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    no FB Support and tadaaaaaa: no proxy support
    It didn't take the proxysettings of IE... unusable at work...

    I will go back to 38.2

  10. Matt
    April 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Just setup a new PC and come to find the new version of Tweetdeck is not working at all, thank goodness for finding this, although i had an older version in my downloads from Firefox!!

  11. Tony P.
    March 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I HATE the black background! And not being able to resize is bad. I'm back to v0.38.2 and happy again!

    • Christian Cawley
      March 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Glad to hear it Tony!

      Amazing to see how many people were no happy with 0.38 - looks like Twitter got it wrong (again...)

  12. Nathan R.
    March 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    You can schedule tweets with the old (v0.38.2) Tweetdeck. Another thing I don't like with the new one, besides the column width, is using the Enter key for line return instead of to send.

  13. Amie Warren
    March 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The old version started going all wonky on me today, so I installed the new and I hate it. The black background with no option to change it was the first no-no for me. I'll be very happy to get the old one back. Thanks for the instructions.

  14. alex
    March 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I prefer to use to download TweetDeck -- -- this site's been around longer.

  15. Safzath
    February 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you ! I got it 

  16. Peter
    February 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Well, the new version also features really wide columns that can't be resized as well as a total lack of Facebook support (at least when I tried it). That made it unpleasant to use for me. I had never uninstalled the last version of the Air Tweetdeck so just uninstalled the new one and went back to 0.38.2. It's still a little buggy, but I can see more on my screen without the side-scrolling and I still have access to a Facebook feed.

    If the new one has implemented smaller column widths or customization and can show me my FB stream as well, I may give it another try. My next client would likely be Seesmic if the new Tweetdeck hasn't changed.

  17. Anonymous
    February 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

     Using old Tweetdeck has the added advantage of being able to change that horrendous white on black background to something more eyeball friendly. Yes, it's a minor quibble compared to some of the other omissions, but it does make the whole experience much more comfortable.