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    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
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    XP and Microsoft Messenger

    Typical Monopoly at it again.

    Anyone know how to remove Microsoft Messenger from XP Home Edition?

    You can't do it in add remove programs.

    You can't do it in add remove windows features (how you get rid of MSN Explorer)

    I couldn't find any way to turn it off.

    So I just deleted the files, next time I logged in it gave me an error, every time after that it was fine.

    I hate microsoft, I wish they'd be broken up.
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    Prolific Blogger silver trophy Technosailor's Avatar
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    I don't think it can be uninstalled without Registry stuff...however, it can be disabled....but I have to wait to get home and find out how to do it.
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    Follow these steps:

    Edit "sysoc.inf" (it is in the INF sub-folder in your Windows folder). Chage the following line:

    msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7

    to:

    msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7


    You can now go to the Add/Remove Programs applet in Control Panel and Messenger will be listed in the Windows Components section (somewhere in the optional components)

    NOTE: I am not quite sure about the repurcussions of removing MSN from your system. I would recommend you just prevent it from starting when you boot.

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    Xbox why have you forsaken me? moospot's Avatar
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    Are you talking about how it always opens up when you open Outlook or Outlook express? There are settings in both of those programs that keep it from opening on startup.

    There is also another box to uncheck in the messenger itself. I have disabled it in those three places and it doesnt bother me anymore.

    Cheers!

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    Go to Start > RUN type in "gpedit.msc" then go to the User configuration section, select Administrative Templates > Windows Messenger; Enable both options...

    hope this helps

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    Xbox why have you forsaken me? moospot's Avatar
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    You are the man, Luqman! I forgot about the policy templates.


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