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Destroy Messenger Forever

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This might not be an editing how-to or a guide to shortcuts but this has always bothered me and I finally figured out how to kill messenger. Windows Messenger is the Microsoft instant messaging program built into Windows XP. Windows Messenger is very annoying if you don’t use instant messaging. Microsoft has tightly integrated this program into many of its other programs including Outlook Express, Outlook and Remote Assistance. However there are ways to disable it from starting, remove it, or for the most part completely get rid of it. I recommend getting rid of it if you do not use it so that it does not come back to haunt you.

Removing Messenger from computers WITHOUT Service Pack 1 installed
Make sure your Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Messenger and other programs are closed before doing this.
1) Click on Start, Run
2) Type the following (or cut and paste it) into the Run line
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
3) Click on OK

Removing Messenger from computers WITH Service Pack 1 or greater installed
1) Click on Start, Control Panel
2) Double click on Add or Remove Programs
3) Select Add/Remove Windows Components
4) Uncheck Windows Messenger
5) Click Next
6) Click Finish
7) Restart your computer

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