So my new computer at work has Win XP Professional installed. Great. I hate the new Start Menu and the fact that my desktop doesn't have "My Computer" and all that jazz. Thankfully, I can change most of it back to by Win2K setup, which I have. However, every 15 minutes or so I'll see the Windows Messenger icon pop up in the system tray, and every time I right-click and hit 'Exit'. It then hides for another 15 minutes. What the heck is this crap? I looked all over in Add/Remove Programs and even in the 'Services' section in the Administrative tools.
Those familliar with Windows NT/2000 know of a 'Messenger' service. It is used so you can type 'NET SEND bobs_computer YOU ARE A DORK' and a little pop-up will appear on Bob's Computer that says your computer thinks he's a dork. Well, if you look at the Messenger description it says, and I quote:
"Transmits net send and Alerter services messages between clients and servers. This service is not related to Windows Messenger...." (emphasis mine).
The 'Windows Messenger' verbage was NOT in NT/2000 -- they knew people were going to look for blood from this stupid messenger thing and try turning 'Messenger' service off. Isn't that an indication that something is very, very wrong here? If their test users went through the ARCANE Control Panel -> Admin Tools -> Services hierarchy and wantonly stopped the 'Messenger' service then that should tell them there should be a blasted way to remove this stupid 'feature'.
MSDN Help Docs to the rescue! Searching for 'Microsoft Messenger' in the 'Help and Support Center' provides 17 results. The 'Suggested Topics' area has '1 results', which has nothing to do with Messenger or removing it. Microsoft Knowledge Base brings up 15 results -- looking good! However, it is #5: "How to Disable Windows Messenger in Windows XP Professional (Q302089)". Isn't that nice -- they have a whole item in their knowledge base for exorcising this devil program.
The first paragraph reads:
Sorry Home Users, you're screwed! There is NO WAY to remove this program from your operating system, and yet Microsoft does include a way to remove the best program in the world: IE6.0. I guess if users are constantly pestered with registering Messenger they don't have any time for the web at all, so they can remove IE to save disk space or something evil.This article describes how to disable Windows Messenger by using group policies. By default, Windows Messenger is installed by Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition, and the user interface does not provide a way to uninstall Windows Messenger. Note that you cannot disable Windows Messenger in Windows XP Home Edition because Windows XP Home Edition does not use group policies.
In any rate, for those of you out there with XP Professional and hate Messenger as much as I do follow these NINE (blech) easy steps to rid yourself of Messenger once and for all:
Ahhh.. Feel better? I know I do!To disable Windows Messenger in Windows XP Professional Edition:
[list=1][*]Click Start , click Run , type gpedit.msc , and then press ENTER. [*]Double-click the following items to expand them: [*]Local Computer Policy [*]Computer Configuration [*]Administrative Templates [*]Windows Components [*]Windows Messenger [*]Double-click Do not allow Windows Messenger to run , and then click Enabled. [*]Click OK , and then quit the Group Policy snap-in. [/list=1]