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by lyng / April 22, 2004 5:02 PM PDT

Using Windows XP Professional, how can I stop Messenger 5.0 automatically logging on to the internet when connected? Have made changes in preferences. Have installed Messenger 6.0 and ended up with TWO versions of Messenger, but only Messenger 5.0 logs on automatically when internet connection is activated. I would like to uninstall Messenger 5.0 but don't know how on Windows XP.

My computer is an Asus Laptop, 4-m cpu 2.40 ghz with 512 mg Ram

Thank you.

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by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 23, 2004 6:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Messenger5.0Problems


Try this:

In order to stop the Windows Messenger program from loading at start up, but still allow it to be available when needed:
1. Open Windows Messenger by clicking on Start-Run, type 'msmsgs.exe' (without the quotes), click OK, or click Start-Programs-Windows Messenger.
2. Click on 'Tools' in the upper left, choose 'Options'.
3. Click on the 'Preferences' tab, then UNCHECK the box next to 'Run this program when Windows starts'.
4. UNCHECK the box next to 'Allow this program to run in the background'.
5. Click on 'OK'.

In order to stop it from running when opening Outlook Express:
1. Open Outlook Express.
2. Click on 'Tools' in the upper left, choose 'Options'.
3. On the 'General' tab, UNCHECK the box next to 'Automatically log on to MSN Messenger Service'.

In order to stop it from running in Microsoft Outlook:
1. Open Outlook
2. Click on 'Tools' in the upper left, choose 'Options'.
3. When that loads, click on the 'Other' tab, then UNCHECK the box next to 'Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook'. Click on 'OK'.

For permanent measures to stop Windows Messenger in the registry of Windows XP, see these links:;en-us;Q302089


Disable Automatic Sign-In With MSN Messenger
Have you tried???

1. Open msn messenger
2. Go to Tools --> Options --> General.... and disable "Automatic sign in when connected to internet"

And if you're using WinXP...

To prevent MSN Messenger from automatically signing in using a registered Microsoft Passport account: click the Start button -> click Run... -> type: control userpasswords2 -> hit Enter or click OK -> click Advanced tab -> select Manage Passwords -> delete all Passport entries -> click OK/Apply.
Then run MSN Messenger -> sign in -> type your passport, e-mail address and password -> uncheck the "Sign me in automatically" box -> save your settings and close MSN Messenger.

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by lyng / April 23, 2004 8:09 AM PDT

Thanks Griff, had done everything previously except preventing MSN messenger from automatically signing in using registered Microsoft Passport account. After following your last instruction and deleting all Passport entries, end of problem! Thanks again.

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(NT) Lyng, Good Job & Glad It Helped !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 23, 2004 9:55 AM PDT


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