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How to Remove or Disable Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is an instant messaging application that comes preinstalled in the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. It can be a very annoying piece of software that creates a variety of pop-ups and other nagging objects as well as creating problems with your contacts lists and other features. You can choose to remove it altogether or disable it so you can enable it at a later date if you change your mind.

Remove Windows Live Messenger

Removing Windows Live Messenger is a fairly simple process if you know a few steps and instructions.

  • Windows XP: In the lower right hand area of the Taskbar click on the Messenger icon and then select "Exit." To begin the uninstall process, click on "start" on the main toolbar on your desktop and then choose "Control Panel" from the menu. When the Control Panel opens double click on "Add or Remove Programs" and then click on "Windows Live Messenger" under "Currently Installed Programs." Choose "Remove" and then click "Yes."
  • Windows Vista: Click on the "Messenger" icon on the main taskbar on your desktop and then choose "Exit." Click on "Start" on the main taskbar and then choose "Control Panel" from the menu. When the Control Panel window opens choose "Uninstall a Program" under "Programs" and then double click on "Windows Live Messenger." When you are finished click "Yes."

Disable Windows Live Messenger

You can disable Windows Live Messenger temporarily until you decide to use it at a later time.

  • Windows XP and Vista: To disable Windows Live Messenger click on "Start" on your main toolbar on the desktop and then choose "Run" from the menu. For Windows Vista use the Start Search box to enter the word "Run." In the command prompt window type "services.msc." and then click "OK." When the window opens, double click on "Windows Live Messenger" and choose "Disable" at the prompt then click "Stop."

There are also many ways to repair problems in Windows Live Messenger and troubleshoot errors that occur with the program if you choose to leave it installed on your operating system. You can discover the different repair methods by typing Windows Live Messenger Help into your search to seek help with specific problems.

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