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Question: How can I get rid of the annoying Microsoft Messenger icon on Windows?

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Sick and tired of that stupid Microsoft Windows Messenger icon in your System Tray in the bottom right corner of your screen every time you boot your computer up? There are a few methods below you can use to remove this service once and for good.

Method #1

Click Start, click Programs, Accessories, and click Notepad. Once Notepad is open, click File, click Open, and for the filename type in: C:\WINDOWS\INF\SYSOC.INF and hit enter.

Under the section [Components], look for “msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf, hide,7” and remove the word ‘hide’, so it looks like this: “msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7”.

Then click File, click Save, click File and click Exit. Next, go into your Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs, click “Add Windows Components” (on the left side of the screen), scroll all the way down the list that appears and the last option listed should be “Windows Messenger”. Uncheck it and click Next. You have now uninstall Microsoft Messenger.

Method #2

Go to Start/Run, and type: "rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection BLC.Remove 128 %SystemRoot%\INF\msmsgs.inf"

Method #3

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q302/0/89.asp

Metod #4

On its Tools - Preferences - uncheck 'Run when Windows Starts'. Then close it, right-click the taskbar icon and select Exit.

Windows Messenger 4.0 or Later on a Windows XP Professional-Based Computer

1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then press ENTER.
2. Double-click the following items to expand them:
o Local Computer Policy
o Computer Configuration
o Administrative Templates
o Windows Components
o Windows Messenger
3. Double-click Do not allow Windows Messenger to run, and then click Enabled.
4. Click OK, and then quit the Group Policy snap-in.

NOTE: Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc) is not available on Windows XP Home Edition-based computers.

NOTE: This method also prevents programs that use the Messenger Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) from using Windows Messenger. Microsoft Outlook 2002, Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and the Remote Assistance feature in Windows XP are examples of programs that use these APIs and that depend on Windows Messenger.

Windows Messenger 4.0 on a Windows XP Home Edition-Based Computer

1. Start Windows Messenger.
2. Click Options on the Tools menu.
3. Click the Preferences tab, click to clear the Run this program when Windows starts check box, and then click OK.

NOTE: This procedure does not prevent users from manually running Windows Messenger, but it does prevent Windows Messenger from running automatically each time that you start Windows. If you use Outlook Express or Outlook XP, Windows Messenger may start automatically each time you run Outlook Express or Outlook. To prevent Windows Messenger from signing in when you run Outlook Express:

1. In Outlook Express, click Options on the Tools menu.
2. On the General tab, click to clear the Automatically log on to Windows Messenger check box.
3. Click OK.

To prevent Windows Messenger from signing in when you run Outlook:

1. In Outlook, click Options on the Tools menu.
2. On the Other tab, click to clear the Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook check box.
3. Click OK.

Windows Messenger 4.5 or Later on Windows XP Home Edition-Based or Windows XP Professional-Based Computers

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2. Locate and click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft

3. On the Edit menu, point to New, click Key, and then type Messenger for the name of the new registry key.
4. Locate and click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger

5. On the On the Edit menu, point to New, click Key, and then type Client for the name of the new registry key.
6. Locate and click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client

7. On the Edit menu, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type PreventRun for the name of the new DWORD value.
8. Right-click the PreventRun value that you created, click Modify, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
9. Quit Registry Editor.

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