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How to remove Windows Messenger from Windows XP
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2003-05-09
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imageWindows 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:

  • Copy and paste the following to a text file, and save as AnythingYouWant.bat
    @echo off
    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
    @echo REGEDIT4>%TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
    @echo.>>%TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
    @echo [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express]>>%TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
    @echo "Hide Messenger"=dword:00000002>>%TMP%\RemoveMsgr.reg
    @echo.>>%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.
Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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.