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How to Remove MSN Messenger in Windows XP

Remove MSN Messenger

MSN Windows Messenger is the Microsoft instant messaging program built into Windows XP. Microsoft has integrated this program with every XP product. Microsoft has integrated this program into many of its other programs, including Outlook Express, Outlook and Remote Assistance. However, you can simply disable the messenger or completely remove it from PC. This messenger gets very irritating when you don’t use it, and it keeps on popping on every system boot.

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Follow the below procedure to Remove or Disable the Messenger…


To Disable Window Messenger

  • Windows Messenger 4.0 or Later on a Windows XP Professional

Step 1: Click Start –> click Run, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER.

Step 2: Go to Local Computer Policy –> Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Messenger.

Step 3: Now Double-click on the option “Do not allow Windows Messenger to run”, and then click Enabled.

Step 4: Click OK, and then close the window.

  • Windows Messenger 4.0 on a Windows XP Home Edition

Step 1: Start Windows Messenger.

Step 2: Click Options on the Tools menu.

Step 3: Click the Preferences tab, click to clear the “Run this program when Windows starts” check box, and then click OK.

Note: If you are using msn 4.5 or higher. For Messenger 4.5 or higher may need to do some registry trick. I have not tested for 4.5 or higher version yet. So You can refer to the below site to disable Msn messenger for 4.5 or higher.


To Remove or Uninstall Messenger

Follow the below procedure to remove Windows Messenger, depends on whether your system has Windows XP Service Pack 1 installed.

To check if you are using service pack1.
β€”> Simply open System Properties Press Window Key + Pause Break.

  • Removing Messenger from computers without Service Pack 1 installed

Step 1: Click on Start –> Run

Step 2: Copy the below line into run command.

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Step 3: Click on OK.

Well, I’m Using Windows XP Service pack 3 and the above Run command worked for me.

  • Removing Messenger from computers with Service Pack 1 installed

Step 1: Click on Start –> Control Panel.

Step 2: Double click on Add or Remove Programs.

Step 3: Select Add/Remove Windows Components.

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Step 4: Uncheck (Remove Tick) from Windows Messenger.

Note: Do Not Uncheck other components.Or you may uninstall other components too.

add or remove window component

Step 5: Click Next.

uninstalling windows Components

Step 6: Click Finish And Done.

Remove MSN Messenger

Step 7: Restart your computer.


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  • Anonymous

    πŸ˜€ Run command Worked on Sp3 and messenger is removed :))

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    Thanks a lot for this info.Now I
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    Good tip to remove window messenger from PC but how can I do it in Vista? Please tell me to remove messenger in Vista step by step.


  • Dj roshan

    well for vista .. its little different..you can follow this steps for vista…

    click on Start >> Control Panel >> Click on the "Uninstall a Program" >> Scroll down to "MSN Messenger" from the list of programs >> Now Right-click on "MSN Messenger" & click Uninstall.
    Now its removed….

    if Still you are finding problem in removing messenger from vista i will post on that with detailed step by step…
    After following above steps for vista to remove messenger fails then please let me known bcoz every vista comes with service pack(Update)…

  • Tomaz

    Nice tutorial, especially the run command in XP without service pack.

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    Thank you!!!

    I have been looking around to get MSN off my computer. No matter what I do, it always seems to come back in one way or another. But not anymore!

    You have been a big help.

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    I followed your step to disable MSN messenger from my old Windows XP computer. I don't want to completely remove the messenger from my computer so I disabled it. I found some similar steps through registry edit done by one of my tech guy but unfortunately I don't remember it.

  • Dj roshan

    well all new version from 4.5 & higher don't have option to disable.So this can be achieved using registry editor .If you want to disable for version 4.0& higher you can refer to link given above for version 4.5.You can refer to Pchell.com

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    I like your sense of describing.
    i also use one method for remove the messenger:-
    Good luck, MS will constantly reinstall this program via the updates > makes it spyware in my book.

    I've deleted it, uninstalled it, disabled it, removed it from the registry… short of blowing up the pc… the programs a cockroach.

    I found the instructions on the link below to be very helpful when I setup a new pc. It's linked to updates & outlook so it needs to be taken care of a few ways.

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    I have just upgraded to Windows 7, is there a way to disable messenger or even remove it from windows 7 ? it is the most annoying app for someone who does not use it at all.

    I'll check back soon for a fix, Thanks in advance if anyone can help with this one

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