Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Outlook Express and Messenger in XP : How to disable Windows Messenger ?

I formated my XP(Pro) and was trying to reinstall the same. It was easy and once i finished installing i tried the other settings. Installed the drivers and configured the Outlook.. Oops.. the windows messenger comes in .. damn I don't use this.. but its not going until i close the OE ( outlook express). I tried to eliminate this issue (Yeah by searching the net) and got a solution for the same.


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Outlook Express.
Check for a value name called Hide Messenger (data type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) ) Change the value to 2. If that particular DWORD is not there, add the same.

Exit your registry, restart the OE.

But I would prefer this messenger to be uninstalled. :)

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Margaret said...

No fan of Messenger here, either.

I can't remember what I did to disable it, but I don't think it was tweak the registry.


Lake Whatcom Real Estate said...

That drove me crazy, I dod not need windows messenger to run outlook but as soon as I got messenger I could not close it fully.. Thanks this messenger feature drove me insane.

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Newton Faulkner said...

To uninstall messenger i use this method:
1) Find the string which is begining from "msmsgs" in c:\windows\inf\sysoc.inf, delete "hide" and save this file (!!! delete only this word and leave the all commas as is)
2) Go to Control Panel->Add and Remove programs and uninstall messenger from Windows components.

ken said...

I cannot stand messenger these days, it's got too much going on and it's too hard to stop from running.

Eugene Chuang Garg said...

I tried to remove it but could not. Really anoying..

honeymoon travel said...

I have tried everything to disable the messanger but isn't working :-(

louis r bucalo said...

Wonder if this can cause any problems with windows ? I would like to disable but I worry about errors this may cause.

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