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I would like to keep the MS Windows Messenger from auto starting to the Task Bar. I have turned it off using various start up utilities but it keeps coming back. I even used the Add-Remove program to uninstall it but it is still there. This is becoming a personal thing and Microsoft seems to be winning once again. How can I uninstall it safetly or at least keep it from auto starting to the Task Bar? Am I worring about something I shouldn't be :eek: Thanks in advance Guys.
 

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Have you gone into its preferences/options section and turned off the command to prevent it from running during startup?

Have you gone into the MSCONFIG "Startup" tab and unchecked its entries?

I use both Windows Messenger 5x and MSN Messenger 7x in my Windows XP SP2 computer, and neither one of them run during startup. They only run when I manually activate them.
 

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If you are referring to stopping the Windows Messenger Service:

Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel
Click Performance and Maintenance
Click Administrative Tools
Double click Services
Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"
Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties
Click the STOP button
Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar Click OK

If you want to remove the MSN Messenger from always starting in the system tray, do

Start / Run
Then enter in the following string: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
 

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Thank you all for replying. The messenger I am talking about is the Windows Messenger. It is in the Program Files\Messenger folder (msmsgs.exe). As Paladin-X suggested I opened the Tools-Options within the program but there is no check box for "Run Windows Messenger on start up" but there is a "Allow windows messenger to run in the background" - I unchecked that.

I did not disable messenger in the Control Panel-Adminstrative Tools-Services as Bob suggested. I think that is the other messenger that "Shoot the Messenger" program disables that John mentioned.

I have a feeling the unchecking the "Allow windows messenger to run in the background" box may do the trick. I am going to do a restart right now and I will come back and edit this message - or add another reply .... :eek:

OK here it is --- after rebooting the unchecking of the "Allow windows messenger to run in the back ground" did not pervent it from starting on start up. I went to MSCONFIG (start up tab) and unchecked msmsgs.exe. After rebooting again it is still in the Task Bar and it has been re-checked to allow start up in MSCONFIG. As a matter of fact when I tried various Start Up utilities to stop msmsgs from loading it would always come back as allowing it to start up. I even had 2 entries - one with it disabled and another enabling it.

Anyone have any other ideas besides buying a Mac :confused: Bill Gates you will pay for this someday :rolleyes:
 

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I finally got rid of Windows Messenger. I found a simple solution at TweakXP.com.

To uninstall it:

1. Click on the Start button and select Run.
2. Type:

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

in the text box and click OK. You will see a progress bar appear shortly as it deletes its files and it will then ask you to reboot. After the reboot the program will be gone.

This did it for me but for those with SP1 installed read on.....( I have SP2 installed and that must make a difference)

Uninstalling Messenger on computers that have Service Pack 1 installed

1. Open Control Panel from the Start menu.
2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
3. Select Add/Remove Windows Components.
4. Click to remove the checkmark next to "Windows Messenger".
5. Click the Next button.
6. Click the Finish button.
7. Reboot

Note - sometimes you have have to perform BOTH operations (both the Add/Remove AND the command line removal)

Thank you all who replied to my post. Every day is a learning experience when using any MS OS :D
 
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