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Windows Messenger SP2

By wzeig ·
How does one disable Windows Messenger after applying SP2 to Win Xp home? It's no longer in add/remove programs?

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Here's How

by HereInOz In reply to Windows Messenger SP2

Thanks go to Doug Knox for this information, I am sure he won't mind, as it is published on his web site anyway:

If you prefer to remove Windows Messenger manually, click Start, Run and enter the following command:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Note: This will prevent a long delay when opening Outlook Express if you have the Contacts pane enabled. To prevent this, click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT Go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Right click in the right pane and select New, Dword value. Give it the name Hide Messenger Double click this new entry and set the value to 2.

This page last updated 08/19/2003 13:30
All material ? Doug Knox
I have done it and it works fine. I have to do it each time I install a service pack. It doesn't actually uninstall Messenger, just turns it off. If you execute the Messenger EXE file, it will re-activate it and you will have to run the process again - so don't lose it!

Good Luck,


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by wzeig In reply to Here's How

While opening a document in Adobe Acrobat, Messenger installed itself again!!! I kept hitting cancel, but to no avail. Your process removed it, rather than just disabling it & I thank-you!

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shoot the messenger

by lestermac In reply to Windows Messenger SP2

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Disable Windows Messenger

by voldar In reply to Windows Messenger SP2

Run > MMC > File - Add/remove snap-in > Add > Group Policy > Local Computer.

At the COMPUTER or USER (or at both levels) level, go to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Messenger and set up both settings to ENABLE.

This is the easiest way to do that, wether you are in a Workgroup / single computer, or in a domain.

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