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#1 cherylisfun

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 03:56 PM

Windows messenger came on my new computer, I wanted the newsest version so I d/l it and now I can't get
rid of the one that came on the computer. IT won't let me delete it and even when I try to shut it down it says
Windows is using something related to this program and it cannot be shut down.
How can I get rid of it, I have them BOTH on the task bar at all times. =/
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Posted 26 December 2005 - 08:26 PM

try ridding of it again in Safe Mode. if that does not do it, you could Start | Run | type or paste RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove or you can run this Visual Basic Script file located Here as created by Doug Knox. It may remove all of Messenger so you may have to redownload the newest version of it if you choose to use it, if you are talking WINDOWS MESSEGER SERVICE, and not MSN INSTANT MESSENGER. there is a big difference between the two.
Windows Messenger Service is completely different from, and not in any way related to, "MSN Messenger", "Windows Messenger", or any other well-known instant messaging system. Therefore, disabling or removing the Windows Messenger service will have no effect upon your use of any other instant messaging applications :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 09:05 PM

I have found the best way to 'get rid' of messenger is to rename it. If you have Windows XP Home, you might be able to do this while booted up normally. First you need to shut down Messenger if it is currently running. Then navigate to:

Start > My Computer > C: > Program Files

Right click on the folder that says Messenger, and then choose 'Rename'. Personally I like to call it Messengersucks. Then it cannot start up again.

If you have Windows XP Professional you must do this while in safe mode.
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#4 cherylisfun

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 02:53 AM

Stupid queestion yes i know but.....how do I find out which XP I am running?
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 07:44 AM

Stupid queestion yes i know but.....how do I find out which XP I am running?


That is a good question! Ask them all!

Start > right click on My Computer > Properties
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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:04 PM

Albert
I am running the home version.

I tried renaming the file but it still wouldn't let me delete it.
I was however able to delete it once I booted in safe mode.

yet again....
thank you for your help.

-Cheryl

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:35 PM

Just to be clear, if you rename the file then you do not have to delete it. Renaming it is enough.

Don't be surprised if it reappears. If it does, just rename it and that will be the end of it!

Good luck!
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Posted 30 December 2005 - 01:30 AM

Albert
I should have elaborated....I tried renaming the file, access was denied.
I did finally delete it while in safe-mode. However, last night I d/l windows updates....Service Pack 2? I think it was called n' it is now back. aha =/

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:01 AM

Yes, you need to be sure Messenger is not running. Then you can be able to rename it. It sounds like you might have to rename the folder while in safe mode. But deleting it is not neccessary. Renaming it is enough.
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