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by hockey77 / February 9, 2005 6:37 AM PST

How do I remove completely// ?Windows Messenger?

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Found this in an old message I had saved
by Steven Haninger / February 9, 2005 6:56 AM PST
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I remember the problem was that Windows Messenger did not appear in Add/Remove and this was to let you remove it using conventional methods. It might still work but I don't know if recent service paks have affected this.

To add Messenger to the Add/Remove Programs feature accessible via Control Panel
Navigate to C:\Windows\inf
(If your Windows directory is different, substitute the proper drive letter)
Open sysoc.inf
Find the line that reads
Change it to read

Windows Messenger will now appear in Add/Remove Windows Components section of Add/Remove Programs accessible through Control Panel.

Good luck and post if it works.

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This is the method I used
by glb613 / February 9, 2005 6:19 PM PST

and it works. I tried shoot the messenger, disabling it through OutLook Express, through services and nothing worked. Once I got both messengers to show up in the add/remove program list and uninstalled them, the programs were gone.

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Hockey, From The Newbies 'Tips' Thread
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 9, 2005 8:58 AM PST
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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: kb;en-us;Q302089

Hope this helps.

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Or go here. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 9, 2005 11:01 AM PST
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and have it done automatically. Visit my site below and scroll down to the Software link. Download Messenger Disable to disable it, or get Shoot the Messenger and it will remove it. Neither program iinstalls itself so they are really easy. Just download either or both and run them. Done.

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It worked
by hockey77 / February 10, 2005 1:33 AM PST
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Thank you all.I got rid of it. jim hockey77

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(NT) (NT) Good Job Jim ! Glad We ALL Could Help
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 10, 2005 5:19 AM PST
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