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Removing Windows Messenger Completely


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#1 sweets

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 11:56 AM

I removed Windows Messenger from my Control Panel & from the Run Menu.
Are there any registry keys to remove as well? If so how is this done so i can remove all traces of it/
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 12:42 PM

There are any number of scripts that will remove it/disable it...available, using Google, and the string "remove Windows Messenger."

One that I always use when I do a clean install...Disable-Remove Windows Messenger - http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_mess_disable.htm .

An alternative (equally reliable) is the registry edit put forth at Messenger - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_messenger.htm . Be sure to back up your registry before trying this one. A good tool for backing up the registry is ERUNT Registry Backup Tool - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.html .

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 02:05 PM

I thought there was a step by step procedure in which I went into the registry myself and could remove the keys that are no longer required. If I have to worry that something may go wrong by using a tool to do this, I don't think it would be worthwhile, after all what would I be gaining?
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 02:34 PM

The same argument can be applied to the trouble of manually removing registry items. It's not worth the risk or trouble.

The need to clean a registry and potential gain anywhere as a side effect of said cleaning within the OS is highly overrated.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:36 PM

what is actually gained by removing registry keys for windows messenger?




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