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how do i delete "windows messenger"


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#1 jpbc9999

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 07:20 AM

how do i delete "windows messenger". I remember I had to find a directory and delete the word "hide" from a file for it to show up in ad or remover programs. Then it would go...i just forget. Thanks. -joe

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 07:39 AM

GRC.com has a handy little program to allow you to enable/disable Windows Messenger, called Shoot the Messenger. You can get it here.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 07:43 AM

Nah man. no need. there is a way to delete it. thanks though.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:58 AM

You do not want to delete Windows Messenger as it is an inherrent part of your Windows operating system. Do not confuse this with MSN Messenger which can be removed.

What you can do is disable Windows Messenger (which was designed for server administrators to send messages to their domains and workgroups).

Disabling the Messenger Service

To remove the ability for anyone in the world to pop up messages on your computer, you can disable the Messenger service. Its easy to reverse at a later time if you wish to do so.



Windows 2000

1. Click Start-> Settings-> Control Panel-> Administrative Tools->Services
2. Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"
3. Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
4. Click the STOP button.
5. Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
6. Click OK



Windows XP Home

1. Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel
2. Click Performance and Maintenance
3. Click Administrative Tools
4. Double click Services Scroll
5. down and highlight "Messenger"
6. Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
7. Click the STOP button.
8. Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
9. Click OK



Windows XP Professional
1. Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel
2. Click Administrative Tools
3. Click Services
4. Double click Services Scroll
5. down and highlight "Messenger"
6. Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
7. Click the STOP button.
8. Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
9. Click OK



Windows NT

1. Click Start ->Control Panel
2. Double Click Administrative Tools
3. Select Services-> Double-click on Messenger
4. In the Messenger Properties window, select Stop,
5. Then choose Disable as the Startup Type
6. Click OK

Windows 98 & ME
Windows Messenger Service cannot be disabled

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 10:51 AM

I was wondering if it would hurt my system. I have deleted this before and it worked fine. Its not like deleting IE or anything. If anyone knows how to delete it let me know. Im running windows XPprofessional SP2. Thanks.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:56 AM

This shows how to delete Messenger for good:


http://www.fixmyxp.com/Fixes/RemoveMessenger.html
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 02:32 PM

has anyone tried what the previous poster suggested? The way I did it was by deleting the word hide from some document in the messenger directory. I looked, but cant find it again. I deleted the word hide, so the actual messenger program would show up in add/remove pregrams. Then I just selected it there and deleted it.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 07:04 PM

Yet another messenger remover:http://www.chunkypig.com/msn/windows_messenger_remover.php
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:17 PM

Why install another program when you already have the ability to remove messenger.

Ok, as far as my link above...the command that is shown is actually a shortcut...it does EXACTLY the same thing as the following procedure

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1. Locate the file named SYSOC.INF located at C:\Windows\Inf2. Open SYSOC.INF with Notepad and locate the line that reads as follows:

msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7

3. Remove the word "hide" from the line, then close the file, saving the changes.
4. You can now use the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel to access the Add/Remove Windows Component option to remove Windows Messenger.
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If you like things easier....all you have to do is click Start then Run and type

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


Both Methods are identical.

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