View Full Version : Windows Messenger - a Microsoft conspiracy?

27-01-2006, 03:14 PM
I saw another thread which reminded me that some people may want to remove Windows Messenger under XP.

Microsoft REALLY doesn't want you to remove it.

"I do want to clear up one misconception [about removing Windows Messenger.]

In none of the cases below is Messenger actually 'removed' from the system. You can hide it, prevent it from starting, disguise it, and fool the system into thinking it's not available - but it isn't removed. It's still on the computer and a part of the operating system."


Paraphrasing Microsoft:

1) You can "remove" it by turning on "Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run" policy.

2) Enter "PreventRun" into the registry (equivalent to the group policy setting)

3) From Messenger, clear the "Run this program when Windows starts"

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q302089&ID=KB;EN-US;Q302089&LN=EN-US&rnk=21&SD=tech&FR=0&qry=Type%20your%20Keywords%20or%20Question%20here% 20and%20click%20go&src=DHCS_MSPSS_tech_SRCH&SPR=WINXP&

Graham L
27-01-2006, 03:36 PM

A:\>format c:

27-01-2006, 03:42 PM
Why would you want to remove it? To stop bill gates rootkitting your PC and stealing your Celine Dion MP3s or perhaps your Trademe password?


27-01-2006, 03:43 PM

27-01-2006, 03:47 PM

27-01-2006, 04:35 PM
I had debated for a while whether I would or wouldn't remove Windows Messenger.

I finally did it after the goading in these last two or three posts.

Well......let me tell youse guys something! It cured my MSN Messenger problem that caused me to have to reload messenger every time I wanted to use it.

I have a stable and reliable MSN Messenger now...thanks.

(ps...I know not many of you like MSN messenger either, but I use it when I want to have some nice stationary that Gmail does not offer...yet!)

27-01-2006, 04:53 PM
Safari, thanks for the link.

I took a look at the script. It looks like it only removes the reference to Messenger.

I believe the uninstall in the script doesn't actually remove the files, merely hides it.

The registry entry, I believe, only tells Outlook Express not to load it, again, not remove it.

Could be wrong, though.