removing windows live messenger

  jonnyg111 20:38 29 Apr 2010

I never use Windows Live Messenger, yet it always opens up when Ii turn on, and always sits obstinately on my taskbar with no obvious way of making it disappear. Can anyone help?


  MAT ALAN 21:08 29 Apr 2010


# Start Menu.
# Select the "Run..." option.
# In the prompted box, enter "RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove".
# Press the Enter button on your keyboard, or click "OK."
# When you are prompted and asked to restart your computer, click "Yes.

1. sign on to windows live messenger
2. click the down arrow that lets you select online, busy, away, etc. and go to the bottom and select "options"
3. Choose the "general" tab
4. uncheck the box beside, "Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows.
5. Click the 'Accept' button.

  jonnyg111 23:35 30 Apr 2010

Thank you Mat Alan and Marg7 - done now,


  jonnyg111 12:07 01 May 2010

Whoa there! Messenger has just automatically reopened on my task bar when I booted up, despite having disappeared last time when I uninstalled it.

I am in Windows 7, so I don't think I have a 'run' option, or a box to uncheck, at least not that I can see.

The 'help' for messenger does not feature the word 'disable' apparently.

This looks like a program that microsoft are determined that I should use!

Any further advice would be welcome,


  MAT ALAN 12:39 01 May 2010

which bit of the advice did you use and did you follow it to the letter...

  Sea Urchin 13:51 01 May 2010

Run function - Windows key+R

  jonnyg111 19:40 01 May 2010

Apologies, folks, I have just spotted a menu in Messenger that I missed first time. I've just booted up and there is no sign of it, so thank you mat alan, sea urchin and marg7, hoping that is it this time,


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