Getting Rid Of Windows Messenger

  KrySTaL-KoDE 17:14 22 Feb 2003

I'm starting to get annoyed with Windows Messenger, starting up every time I start Outlook Express. Even when I uncheck the "Run this program when Windows starts" box in Options -> Preferences, it insists on loading at startup and logging in when I start OE.

Is there a way to completely remove Windows Messenger from my system? Will removing Windows Messenger cause Outlook Express or any other programs to malfunction?

Please somebody do something!!

  MAJ 17:22 22 Feb 2003

You have to go to your "sysoc.inf" file and unhide Messenger, then delete it using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.

  MAJ 17:32 22 Feb 2003

Go to C:/Windows/INF and locate the file SYSOC.INF. Double click the file to open it in Notepad. In the "Components" section, you will see:


Remove the "hide" part so that it looks like:


Save the changes and exit.

Then go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, choose Windows Components and it should be at the bottom, untick it to remove.

  spikeychris 17:40 22 Feb 2003

You can also go to run and paste the below.

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

You will have to make sure you are logged off the net and Outlook Express is closed.


  Belatucadrus 13:18 23 Feb 2003

spikeychris thanks for that, KrySTaL-KoDE isn't the only one glad to see the back of messenger.

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