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Old 12-14-01, 08:12 PM
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Getting rid of MSN messenger in Windows XP??

Does anyone who how to get rid of this stupid thing? I have tried removing from the startup menu in msconfig, but for some reason it keeps coming back. It seems like it is hardwired into the OS. Anyone know anything about this?

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Old 12-14-01, 09:04 PM
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As I posted in another thread so time ago:

The ONLY way to delete it (as far as I know) is to do this: (note that I said DELETE, not disable!)

Go to C:\windows\inf
Open sysoc.inf with Notepad/Wordpad
find msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7 in the file and take out the word hide so the line would look like msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7
Close the file and save it
Now go to "Add / remove programs" in the control panel and you will be able to uninstall windows messenger.
(Make sure you click on the add remove windows components button!!!)

Here you go, it is the only way to REALLY get rid of MSN Messenger!
Old 12-14-01, 11:04 PM
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I tried what you said, but i didn't see anywhere in add/remove under the windows components button where windows messenger is. I did notice an icon without a name at the very top of the list that wasn't there before, but it is already unchecked. Do you have any more input? Thanks.
Old 12-15-01, 02:05 AM
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It should be the second to last item in the list if you edited the sysoc file correctly (you can remove the word "hide" from each line in that file). Another option if you can't get that to work is go into Outlook Express-Tools-Windows Messenger and you can disable it from starting and running in the background.

It really is unbelievable they made this friggin program so hard to remove.
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i like the program...it's nice to have...but hey...i'm an MS fiend.
Old 12-15-01, 03:18 AM
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Originally posted by TheSilverSurfer
i like the program...it's nice to have...but hey...i'm an MS fiend.
Funny thing is I would probably keep it if they didn't force me to have it.
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You can also just rename \program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
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check my thread...

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=167158

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