When I log onto to spark I dont have all of my preferences, I am using spark 2.5.8. Also my contacts show offline but I can chat with them
What preference do you mean ?
Maybe you used MSI installer to install Spark? Anyway, try uninstalling it and then deleting Spark’s profile (C:\Documents and Settings\username\Spark), unless you need to preserve old chat history. Then install again using EXE installer from Downloads page.