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#1 ALX



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Posted 30 November 2003 - 09:36 AM

How can i stop Windows Messenger for Auto Starting?

#2 Cyclops



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Posted 30 November 2003 - 04:03 PM

I read it somewhere.

If you're not a big fan of Windows Messenger simply delete the following Registry Key:


#3 pal



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Posted 30 November 2003 - 11:50 PM

Simple. Delete the "Messenger" folder from your Program Files :D

#4 Jatin



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Posted 01 December 2003 - 02:26 AM

Simple. Delete the "Messenger" folder from your Program Files :D

I did the same thing :P

#5 ALX



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Posted 02 December 2003 - 10:20 PM

any other method?

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:25 AM

any other method?

yes there are other ways...if you are like me then you found out that you sometimes cant just delete the file from the "Program files"
I will assume that you are running win XP OS and that you are making regular trips to windowsupdate.com and are running windows messenger 4.7 or better. These are a lot of assumptions but i had to go with something here.
first open 'control panel' and double click 'add & remove programs. Then click 'add remove windows componets'. scroll all the way down to windows messenger and uncheck the box. then click next and this will uninstall windows messenger from your computer. leave the folder in program files so that when you do go back to windowsupdate.com you will not be prompted to reinstall it again.

#7 Jatin



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Posted 06 January 2004 - 10:22 AM

Thanks for the tip gizmo_x5 (Y)

#8 Areus


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Posted 06 January 2004 - 04:56 PM

I just deleted the folder......i hated when it just comes up out of no where

#9 ALX



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Posted 08 January 2004 - 09:40 AM

thanks gizmo_x5 :)

#10 AquaS



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Posted 20 January 2004 - 07:46 PM

-Computer Configuration
-Administrative Templates
-Windows Components
-Windows Messenger

Here you can enable "Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run" and "Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially"

#11 XaviarX



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Posted 21 January 2004 - 02:04 PM

This tip was posted by Mr magoo on Neowin.net

Annoyed with Windows Messenger? Wan't it out of your life?! Here is how

1. Open C:\WINDOWS\INF\sysoc.inf with your favourite text editor. (Hint: The INF directory might be hidden, and Windows might be WINNT depending on your PC.)

2. Identify the line that looks like:


3. Delete the "hide" keyword. That line should look like:


4. Save the file and exit your text editor

5. Click on Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Add/Remove Windows Components

6. Scroll down to the last components

7. You should have 2 checkboxes for Windows Messenger now. Uncheck both of them.

8. Click on Next. The Windows Messenger application is fully deinstalled.

Enjoy a Messenger free life!

#12 DjLizard


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Posted 01 February 2004 - 10:08 PM

It's funny, but of all the responses, nobody has given the non-destructive/non-complicated/non-group-policy-editing/non-registry-key-delete version. The messenger program itself has an *official* option -- it's under Tools > Options > Preferences.
'Run this program when Windows starts'.

In messenger 6+, it's under Tools > Options > General.

#13 Jatin



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Posted 02 February 2004 - 05:50 PM

@DjLizard You are not getting the problem.
I dont know about the current version but Windows Messenger started automatically while working anything.

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 10:27 AM

I've found in my case at least that you can simply rermove it from startup in msconfig and it will stay gone until you open Outlook Express. I haven't noticed if it is the same with Outlook. Somehow the MSN Messenger is connected with OE so that regarless how it is configured, the instant you open OE messenger loads and auto-connects. Prior to my last reformat I had found a post that detailed how to edit a couple of particular registry keys that put messenger in check. I'm hunting for it again to remedy the same problem and as soon as I locate the post again I will post the link here for the benefit of everyone else.

Forever dedicated to the war on :spam:

#15 420Gath


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Posted 07 March 2004 - 11:03 AM

Maybe this will be a better solution for those who want to kill the auto start problem but still be able to use the messenger.

I found the following link to a third party program that lets you tweak every possible facet of MSN Messenger including this annoyance.


credit goes to Tech TV.
You can click the link below for thier disussion and tips

Proud to strike another small yet precise attack on :spam:

#16 EvilSeph


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Posted 12 May 2004 - 11:46 PM

Should I remove Windows Messenger?

All this time I've been a part of the MSN Messenger community, one of the most asked questions is "How do I remove Windows Messenger from Windows XP".

Most people tell you to do this:

Go to Start --> Run --> type: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove --> Press Enter

Although almost all of us already know the answer was to do that above, I'm here to tell you it's wrong. Though removing Windows Messenger would seem a blessing, doing so would effectively lag your Outlook/Outlook Express as well as cause some Windows XP features to cease functioning.

Luckily there is an alternative. Instead of uninstalling Windows Messenger, you should hide it. The only way I know of so far would be to use an application and thanks to CookieRevised (a m8 of mine), I now know of the program.

Download MessengerDisable

Thanks CookieRevised! :)

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#17 Flash848



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Posted 13 May 2004 - 08:48 PM

EvilSeph thanks for MessengerDisable :D

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 12:01 AM

Thank you. I was looking for this app :D

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