I think, there is a setting in hotmail or (maybe) in MSN for that..
God damit im really begining to hate hotmail and Msn messenger. I have used them for many years (I know ther are better services out there, and will change) but why when you log on to your hotmail it automatically loads up your msn messenger and shows its status in your task bar. It is so frustrating, i have an old old computer (i cant afford to buy a new one) which makes using hotmail a long process, especialy going from email to email cause it keeps on reloading and unloading itself. I understand you (MSN) want us to use both of your programs hotmail and messenger, but maybe I only want to use hotmail without msn bothering me at the same time. Please sort it out.