||Craig "hachiroku" Mercer|
Operating System(s):||Windows XP|
Although Windows Messenger can be a great tool for group communications, many Businesses, as a matter of policy, choose to remove it, preventing their employees from spending too much time talking to friends.
To remove Windows Messenger:
Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
- Copy and paste the following to a text file, and save as AnythingYouWant.bat
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
@echo [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express]>>%TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
@echo "Hide Messenger"=dword:00000002>>%TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
regedit /s %TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
- Close down Outlook Express / Outlook and all Internet Explorer windows.
- Run RemoveMsgr.bat. When prompted, click Yes to close all affected applications.
Please Note: You can also prevent access to Windows Messenger using Group Policy or the Set Program Access and Defaults utility added by default in Windows XP SP1 and Windows 2000 SP3.