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MSN Messenger in XP Pro

By AnswerMan ·
I have found that you can separate the seemingly inseparable connection between Outlook Express and MSN Messenger in Windows 98.

However, in XP Home and XP Pro, I have noticed that even when your email is closed, I am not able to completely close MSN. I get the standard error of "other applications are currently using this program".......

Is there a way to disassociate these two programs. I have customers that go on MSN perhaps once a week, and email each day.

I just find it a "weak" answer to the customer, of "there's no way to stop that".......

thanks in advance for any clues....

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by Srikrishna In reply to MSN Messenger in XP Pro

You cando it by editing registry settings..but make sure that you are aware of your actions..check the followin link..hope it can solve ur problem..
http://www.tek-tips.com/gfaqs.cfm/pid/779/fid/4299

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by marccouture In reply to MSN Messenger in XP Pro

A quick way to close down MSN completely is to kill its process in Task Manager. As far as actually disassociating them from the get-go, I believe there is a setting in Outlook Express that enables/disables automatic log-in to Messenger at application startup: if you disable that option, it should prevent this behavior from happening.

With MSN Messenger 6.1, this problem seems to have been fixed, at least under XP Pro SP1 and all up-to-date patches installed.

Good luck!

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by josephdeng In reply to MSN Messenger in XP Pro

If you have msn messager icon at system tray opent it and go to preference option and set it not to run when system startup or at the background

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by HereInOz In reply to MSN Messenger in XP Pro

And you have probably tried most or all of these, and the cursed thing still comes back!!

The only way that I have been able to rid myself of compulsory Windows Messenger is as follows.

Download AOL Instant Messenger and install it. Make sure you set it as the default messaging client. This will disable Windows Messenger as the default client.

Once installed, then use the settings in AOL Instant Messenger to stop it starting when Windows starts, and then go into Outlook Express > Tools > Options, and disable the Automatically log on to AOL Instant Messenger option.

Don't uninstall AOL Instant Messenger - just disable it and it will do as it is told!

That will do it.

Alan

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