how to remove windows messenger from xp sp3

December 19, 2010 at 09:53:59
Specs: Windows XP
I have tried various so-called removals or uninstallers, bu nothing works.

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December 19, 2010 at 09:57:01
add/remove programs windows components would be the normal route

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December 19, 2010 at 10:02:39
There are two different messengers in XP, make sure you're disabling the correct one. One is a security risk, the other is a IM program.

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December 19, 2010 at 14:19:27
Thank you for your response. The Add/Removal Program was the first thing I tried. No go. Thank you again.

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December 19, 2010 at 14:54:07
right-click on the shortcut icon and select find target. Right-click on the .exe file and re-name it with suffix.old instead of .exe

That won't uninstall the prog but will prevent it running.

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December 19, 2010 at 16:17:07
Start>Run. type the following"RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove" without the quotes.

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December 19, 2010 at 18:18:32
Thanks, but I tried your suggestion and no luke, Thanks again.

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December 19, 2010 at 19:22:47
have you tried removing via the control panel, go to add or remove programs and locate the option which says remove windows programs and it should appear in trhat category and just remove it, the process should be relatively simple

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December 19, 2010 at 19:30:17
If you see an entry for Windows Live Essentials in Add or Remove Programs, that's what installs the add-on enhanced version of Messenger. Click on that and you can un-install pieces of it or the whole thing. You don't need to install Windows Live to use Hotmail, or the Messenger version built into XP.

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December 20, 2010 at 01:17:37
Here is some info that may help.

How to remove the Windows Messenger from Windows

+ Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run
# KEY: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client
# DWORD: PreventRun = 1
+ Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially
# KEY: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client
# DWORD: PreventAutoRun = 1

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Disable Messenger and Speedup Outlook Express

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December 20, 2010 at 06:55:35
Do not connect with the internet, wired or wireless.

And try ro remove the program with add/remove programs, @ the Control Panel.


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