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By Eddiebear ·
I do not use Instant messaging and do not want it on my PC. I am running XP Pro and would like to remove Windows Messaging from my system. Add/Romove Programs does not have it isted unless I download the latest version, Than I only remove the version I installed. How do I get rid of Win. Mess. for good? Is there a Registry Hack that will shut it off for good?

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by maxwell edison In reply to getting rid of IM

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 310705

HOW TO: Remove Instant Messaging Users for Windows Messenger on Windows XP-Based Computers

How to Remove an Instant Messaging User Account from the List of Windows Messenger Users

To remove an instant messaging user account from the list of Windows Messenger users:

For users of stand-alone or workgroup computers:

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Note: If you are using the Classic start menu, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel

Click User Accounts.

Click your user account.

Under Related Tasks, click Manage my network passwords.

Click the user account that you want to remove in the Stored User Names and Passwords box, and then click Remove.

Click OK to confirm that you want to remove this user.

Click Close

For users of computers that are joined to a domain:

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Note: If you are using the Classic start menu, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel

Click User Accounts.

Click the Advanced tab, and then click Manage Passwords in the Passwords and .NET Passports box.

In Stored Users and Passwords, click the user account that you want to remove, and then click Remove.

Click OK to confirm that you want to remove this user.

Click Close to close the Stored Users and Passwords window, and then click OK to close the User Accounts window.

Link:

http://tinyurl.com/qgi2

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by timwalsh In reply to getting rid of IM

Answer 1 will not remove Windows Messenger completely if that is your goal.

If you want to remove it completely, you were on the right track by using the Add/Remove Programs wizard, you just didn't dig deep enough.

In WinXP, Windows Messenger is actually a Windows component. Go back to the Add/Remove Programs wizard and choose Add/Remove Windows Components. Windows Messenger is at the bottom of the list. If this IS where you tried before, and Windows Messenger wasn't on the list, I suspect you don't have WinXP SP1 installed. For whatever reason, it only shows up on the list once SP1 is installed.

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by timwalsh In reply to getting rid of IM

Answer 1 will not remove Windows Messenger completely if that is your goal.

If you want to remove it completely, you were on the right track by using the Add/Remove Programs wizard, you just didn't dig deep enough.

In WinXP, Windows Messenger is actually a Windows component. Go back to the Add/Remove Programs wizard and choose Add/Remove Windows Components. Windows Messenger is at the bottom of the list. If this IS where you tried before, and Windows Messenger wasn't on the list, I suspect you don't have WinXP SP1 installed. For whatever reason, it only shows up on the list once SP1 is installed.

You will also want to remove MSN EXplorer (which is another IM client). It is also located in the Windows Component list.

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by dmiles In reply to getting rid of IM

To prevent Windows Messenger from running, use one of the following methods.

Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then press ENTER.
Double-click the following items to expand them:
Local Computer Policy
Computer Configuration
Administrative Templates
Windows Components
Windows Messenger
Double-click Do not allow Windows Messenger to run, and then click Enabled.
Click OK, and then quit the Group Policy snap-in.



Start Windows Messenger.
Click Options on the Tools menu.
Click the Preferences tab, click to clear the Run this program when Windows starts check box, and then click OK
In Outlook Express, click Options on the Tools menu.
On the General tab, click to clear the Automatically log on to Windows Messenger check box.
Click OK.
To prevent Windows Messenger from signing in when you run Outlook:
In Outlook, click Options on the Tools menu.
On the Other tab, click to clear the Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook check box.
Click OK.
Windows Messenger 4.5 or Later on Windows XP Home Edition-Based or Windows XP Professional-Based Computers
Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft

On the Edit menu, point to New, click Key, and then type Messenger for the name of the new registry key.
Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger

On the On the Edit menu, point to New, click Key, and then type Client for the name of the new registry key.
Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client

On the Edit menu, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type PreventRun for the name of the new DWORD value.
Right-click the PreventRun value that you created, click Modify, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor.

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by dmiles In reply to

See this Tech Republic thread that was an article
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270-5029643.html?tag=search

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by sharon In reply to getting rid of IM

Start, Run, rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection BLC.Remove 128 %SystemRoot%\INF\msmsgs.inf

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