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MSN Messenger

By berom ·
Dearest Friends

How I can disable MSN Messenger version 7.5 or higher in Windows XP?

Thank you in advance

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by stargazerr In reply to MSN Messenger

Go to Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs and locate MSN Messenger 7.5 and hit remove.

By the way, this question belongs in out perfectly good Tech Q&A section.

Please post there in the future. The discussions section is for discussion topics only.


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Other Option

by berom In reply to Uninstall?

I think that isn't a good idea to uninstall MSN Massager, so can any one to reinstall it again

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What do you mean

by stargazerr In reply to Other Option

by disabling it then? It can just sit in your Computer and you dont need to worry about it. Just turn off "Automatic Sign In" so it doesnt sign in every time you reboot your computer.

It is easy enough to reinstall from


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why isn't a good idea to uninstall it?

by UncleRob In reply to Other Option

MSN messenger doesn't come installed on WinXP by default. Windows Messenger is part of the WinXP install, not MSN messenger. Uninstalling MSN messenger would be the way to disable it, either that or change the name of the executable in C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger from the existing msnmsgr.exe to msnmsgr.old, this will prevent msn messenger from working even if you double click on it's desktop icon or startup list icon if you don't want to uninstall it. However uninstalling seems to be the best way to do it, if you don't want to use it, why would you keep it on the pc? You could always download it again and chances are the next time you download it, the version would be newer than the previous version you had installed.

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why isn't a good idea to uninstall it?

by berom In reply to why isn't a good idea to ...

Because can any one to reinstall it again.
So I need a solution for stop using MSN Massager on any PC using windows XP
it's very easy....!!!!!

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MSN Massager ??

by stargazerr In reply to why isn't a good idea to ...

:^0 thats hilarious.

I think I get what you mean. You need to stop the users on your network from downloading MSN Messenger.

If you are the network admin you will have to block access to the messenger download site or to downloading software. If you are not, you will need to ask your network admin to do it for you.

Somethng like this might help!


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since you're against the uninstall option...

by UncleRob In reply to why isn't a good idea to ...

how about changing the local group membership of the winxp users in question from their current administrator or power user group membership to a restricted user (member of the users group) so that they can't install any software period since this is something that should only be done by an administrator.

Why you aren't restricting the users from installing any software in the 1st place is a mystery to me.

Even if you download a piece of software to block the instant messaging software from working, if you leave the users in their existing power user/admin user group membership, they can just undo that restriction by uninstalling the software that you installed that blocks msn messenger from working.

I guess an analogy of this situation would be like this, are you a like a mechanic or a parts replacer? If you're like a mechanic you look for the source of the problem beyond the obvious broken part to see what's causing the failure to begin with so that it doesn't happen again. If you're like a parts replacer - you just replace the broken part and you're done with it, you have no interest in what caused the problem in the 1st place or what's needed to prevent it from happening again in the future, if the problem reappears you'll just perform the same fix by replacing the broken part again - very repetitive work and you're likely to perform this same task very many times.

As per your reply, "it's very easy....!!!!!", anything can be very easy as you put it, you just have to know what you're doing in the first place for it to be easy.

- just my 0.02 cents, feel free to agree or disagree.

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Recent how-to

by Leee In reply to MSN Messenger

Greg Shultz wrote this a couple weeks ago:

Disabling Windows Messenger on a Windows XP machine

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actually this user's problem refers to MSN Messenger...

by UncleRob In reply to Recent how-to

which is not the same as Windows Messenger.

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