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11-09-2006, 12:12 PM
Windows Messenger has recently kept 'popping up' while I am using Outlook Express.
Is there anyway I can configure it to stay hidden?
Hoping someone can help.

11-09-2006, 12:40 PM
Check this out to disable Windows Messenger from loading during OE startups ->http://www.randyrants.com/2003/12/removing_window.html

Alternatively, you can completely uninstall it via Add / Remove Programs in Control Panel.

Cheers :)

11-09-2006, 12:44 PM
Does uninstalling it actually get rid of it? I found I had to manually delete it from the Program Files, and every time Automatic Updates updated, it would be back again!

11-09-2006, 12:56 PM
Unfortunately this program is not listed in 'add/remove programs' .

Messing around with 'RegEdit exe' is beyond my capabilities - is there an easier way?

11-09-2006, 01:04 PM
Oooops, Sorry, I have found the add/remove 'windows component' part - but what do I do next?
Half the boxes are ticked - I don't want to remove anything I shouldn't ...
Do I untick all of the boxes - except Windows Messenger?

smithie 38
11-09-2006, 01:11 PM
If you open Windows messenger then tools > options and click on the preferences tab - Make sure there is a tick in "Allow Windows Messenger to run in the background"

Dont know whether this will help but give it a try if it is not already ticked.

11-09-2006, 01:23 PM
Shoot The Messenger

11-09-2006, 01:23 PM
I just delete it from my Program Files. It works until the next update. Or you can use something like the TuneUp Utilities, System Optimiser, which seems to do a good job of disabling it, and gives you the option of re-enabling at anytime.

11-09-2006, 01:26 PM
Thanks Safari. That was quick and painless!

11-09-2006, 01:37 PM
Many thanks Safari.

11-09-2006, 03:49 PM
The simplest method of dealing to the problem is by manually disabling it in Services.