Win XP: How To Remove Windows Messenger:

edited March 2002 in General Discussion


  • edited December 1969
    How can I remove Windows Messenger?

    Open C:WINDOWSinfsysoc.inf and change msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7 to msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,7

    Then use Add/Remove Windows Components to remove messenger.


    If MS tells you a Messenger update is required even if you never use Messenger, tell them where they can stick their update.

    _/ C

  • edited December 1969
    I've been wondering about that...thanks C! [nt]

  • edited December 1969
    And now the bad news ...

    This method NO LONGER WORKS with the latest XP "security update".

    I couldn't find any way to uninstall Windows Messenger. BAH!

    _/ C

    (I don't mind MS installing "critical .NET components" just wish they wouldn't use a trojan-horse method to get them installed!)
  • edited December 1969
    [b]And now for some maybe not-so-bad news...[/b]

    This site

    has more info on removing Messenger from XP.
    I haven't tried the stuff there. I just turned messenger's autostart off and hopefully those annoying little popups will stop appearing.

    _/ C

  • edited December 1969
    much easier than the above...

    Don't remember where i found this, but it worked for me... just go into Program Files/Messenger/ and rename the actual messenger executable to anything else. No warnings ever again... at least till a windows "security update" writes a new version with the same name (happened to me just once so far).

  • edited December 1969
    Re: much easier than the above...

    This works a treat.
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