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Windows Messenger in System Tray .... again !

Hello all,

I dont use 'Windows Messenger' but it keeps loading into my system tray and thus hogging resources/memory when I use other applications. I did inhibit it from 'auto starting' and also from 'running in the background' via the Tool>Options>Preferences and unclicking the appropriate boxes, but if I load Outlook Express or Internet Explorer it seems to load anyway and when I try to exit it when I am using those programs,I get the following warning popping up;

"Windows Messenger. There are other applications using features provided by Windows Messenger. You must close these other applications before you can exit Windows Messenger. These applications include Outlook, Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, and Internet Explorer"

So it would appear that I have no option but to leave it active, and hogging resources, even if I dont want the 'messenger' fuction, just to keep the mail and browser functions operational.

Is that right, or are there other options ?

Thanks, In anticipation.

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Re:Windows Messenger in System Tray .... again !

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Here's a link to tell how to kill the messenger,
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Trytohelp, You Can Use 'Embedded' Hyperlinks ...

...using the code below:


is coded like below, except make sure there are no spaces between any of the letters:

Regcleaner[">]Regcleaner[ /url]

Hope this helps.


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Re:Windows Messenger in System Tray .... again !

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Just before I take any action (which will be in XP Home OS btw), Could you confirm that inhibiting Windows Messenger does NOT then cause problems with either the Mail (OE) or browser (IE) as implied by the original warning when I tried to exit Windows Messenger with those programs open.

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My method...

There are other ways but this is how I solved the same problem as you have. In Messenger as you I disabled the load up options and then did the following:

1. Disabled Messenger in the startup.
2. In "Program Files" in Explorer locate the folder "Messenger" and rename it "Messenger {Disabled}. Messenger will then not load even if it tries because the folder will not be found.

All other functions including Mail and Internet Explorer function perfectly well for me. This is my way and others will have other ways.

Good luck!



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Thanks Grif, and I have never heard that disabling messenger ,

causes any problems. But maybe Grif can confirm that.

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OzExpat, Mail and Windows Messenger Aren't the Same...

...and unless you use MSN Messenger and connect to the internet with MSN, then you shouldn't have any problems with Internet Explorer or Outlook Express. If you are a user of MSN Messenger, the instant messaging service, and MSN Explorer, then you may need to leave it enabled. Although different programs, they tend to be tied together when using all MSN connections, and occasionally can cause difficulties. (I've got one customer with this set up and for some reason, disabling Windows Messenger caused issues.)

Hope this helps.


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