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Disable Windows Messenger

by Rod2 / September 23, 2004 10:17 AM PDT

I went into OE and unchecked the box to start messenger. It has a red and white X so it doesn't log in. However it keeps popping back up when OE is opened or on a restart. I also disabled msmsgs in misconfig but it made a new box with a check so it still starts.

How can I keep it from starting?

Thanks

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Re: Disable Windows Messenger/disable the service
by Steven Haninger / September 23, 2004 10:31 AM PDT

In your control panel under Administrative Tools/Services, you will find Windows Messenger running as a service. Disable it here.

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Re: Disable Windows Messenger/disable the service
by Rod2 / September 23, 2004 10:45 AM PDT

Thanks, I went to services. Messenger is listed but when I click on it it says it's not related to windows messenger. I couldn't find another messenger listed.

Rod

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Re: Disable Windows Messenger/disable the service
by Steven Haninger / September 23, 2004 10:28 PM PDT

See if this link offers anything. There is sometimes confusion about the word "messenger" and what it's for. The messenger in services is an alerter and can be a used as a door to cause popups. Another is a chat feature but needed for some other functions. You can just uninstall it but it can come back if you attempt to use a feature that requires the app.

http://www.tweakxp.com/tweak2089.aspx

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Re: Disable Windows Messenger
by glenn30 / September 23, 2004 10:31 AM PDT

This may not be the best way but it worked for me. Using Exporer I went to Programs and renamed Messenger to "Messenger Disable" in addition to what you did.

I am sure others have different ways. This works for me and to enable it again one only has to rename it to the original name.

HTH

Glenn

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Re: Disable Windows Messenger
by psychofox / September 23, 2004 9:05 PM PDT

I had the same problem, my XP had windows messinger and MSN messenger. I fixed it my using the ADD/Remove Windows components from the XP Disk. Try this to see if it works.

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