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    I just got a lovely new workstation from Dell and I'm configuring it for one of my coworkers. I have hit a snag. I cannot disable Windows Live Messenger. Normally I just ignore this program, but on this new box it pops up and demands that the user sign in upon start-up which is annoying to say the least. I've already tried a few things suggested by random people on the internet with no success--this application will not die.

    Things I have already tried-Looking in the start-up folder,(nothing) looking among the services for Windows Messenger, (does not appear to be there)and removing from the Add/Remove Windows Components menu (although I did succeed in accidentally removing IE 8)

    The thing that really annoys me is that I bought this from Dell's Small Business site so obviously this machine is for business-not personal-use, so their bundling Windows with a pushy piece of IM software makes even less sense than it would otherwise.

    So yeah-anyone know how to kill this application?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris.revere View Post
    I just got a lovely new workstation from Dell and I'm configuring it for one of my coworkers. I have hit a snag. I cannot disable Windows Live Messenger. Normally I just ignore this program, but on this new box it pops up and demands that the user sign in upon start-up which is annoying to say the least. I've already tried a few things suggested by random people on the internet with no success--this application will not die.

    Things I have already tried-Looking in the start-up folder,(nothing) looking among the services for Windows Messenger, (does not appear to be there)and removing from the Add/Remove Windows Components menu (although I did succeed in accidentally removing IE 8)

    The thing that really annoys me is that I bought this from Dell's Small Business site so obviously this machine is for business-not personal-use, so their bundling Windows with a pushy piece of IM software makes even less sense than it would otherwise.

    So yeah-anyone know how to kill this application?
    This was from a site called "Indestructible", I think.
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    introHow to stop Windows Live Messenger from popping up on Startup.
    I have been recently annoyed with my Windows Live Messenger popping up on startup, cause I don't want to sign in every time I get on my laptop... So, I found a way on how to disable/enable this action, and I thought I would share it with the Instructables community! P.S. I use Vista. To make this work on XP, gmoon stated: "In XP, you can also disable messenger from "Services", which is found under Performance and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools..." Antagonizer stated how to remove it from startup in a different way. He said: 1. sign on to windows live messenger 2. click the down arrow that lets you select online, busy, away, etc. and go to the bottom and select "options" 3. Choose the "general" tab 4. uncheck the box beside, "Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows. 5. Click the 'Accept' button. ...But that, for some odd reason, doesn't work for me. If it doesn't work for you...use my way.
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    OR try AUTORUNS from Sysinternals free.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb963902.aspx
    This gives you a MUCH more complete picture of what is started up on boot. You can temporarily disable or permanently delete start ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris.revere View Post
    So yeah-anyone know how to kill this application?
    Lots of information in this Google search.
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    Thanks! Autoruns is awesome. I think I killed it dead.

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    Be very careful with Autoruns. Disabling the wrong item can kill your computer DEAD.
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    You should be aware that Microsoft has reused the word Messenger for at least three programs:
    1. Windows Messenger
    2. MSN Messenger
    3. Windows Live Messenger

    You have to be fairly precise in Google searches about which (if not all!) of them you wish to eliminate.

    For example, to get rid of common-or-garden Windows Messenger, you need to run

    Code:
    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
    And Steve Gibson wrote (quite some time ago) a program called Shoot the Messenger (service).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
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    And Steve Gibson wrote (quite some time ago) a program called Shoot the Messenger (service).
    Yep, quite some time ago. The Messenger service is set to disabled by default in Windows XP SP2.

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