Monday, January 21, 2008

Remove Windows Messenger from XP

Tip: Easiest method to disable Messenger: C:\Program Files\Messenger and either rename the Messenger folder to something like "MessengerOLD" or just move it.

  • Remove Messenger from XP

Start/Run/RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

  • Disable Messenger

Start/Run/gpedit.msc/Admistrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows
Messenger. Alter your settings in the right pane. (For Pro)

  • Stop Windows Messenger from Auto-Starting

Simply delete the following Registry Key:

  • Uninstall Messenger

You have to edit sysoc.inf (located in /WINDOWS/inf). Under [Components] you should see the following line:

msmsgs=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7. Take the word ‘hide’ out of the line, and it should look like this: msmsgs=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7. Exit and save. Go to Add or Remove Programs, and click on Add/Remove Windows Components. There you should now be able to uncheck the MSN Messenger Service, and by clicking Next it will uninstall.

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