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    Pop Up Messages (Professional)

    Hi,

    I continuously get nice little invitations from XP saying that I can upgrade or get a ".net" passport (which I don't want) and this and that and everything else ... something in the task tray does it. Does anyone know how to switch these off coz they are getting awfully tiresome?

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    Re: Pop Up Messages (Professional)

    A quick search in the XP forum for "passport" threw up this thread - does it help any?

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    Re: Pop Up Messages (Professional)

    You will need .net if you would like to receive the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> newsletters from MS and <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> CDs for the Service releases and patches. You can use ANY REAL email address. You will find that there are benefits in having a .net connection.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Pop Up Messages (Professional)

    No, not really .. thanks anyway!

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    Honestly ...

    ... I really don't want MS's '.net' stuff at all, I don't want anything that ties me in any closer than I have to be to MS ... I simply want a system that, OS & chosen apps apart, functions as an entirely separate entity from MS ... ultimately, though I am not anti-MS, it's a point of principle that I should be able to run my machine without touching any MS server anywhere in the world withouit it being my choice and my choice alone :-)

    The problem I have is just one of the irritating popups ... I don't mind so much useful technical messages (you are connected at ... ", "could not connect all drives ... " etc. but I object to having constant invites to ".net" popping up ... it's irritating.



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    Re: Pop Up Messages (Professional)

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    This isn't exactly on point, since the question is about .net, but there are references in this thread to getting rid of Messenger.

    Look for a freeware file called XP Anti-Spy at http://www.download.com. It works like a security version of TweakUI that lets you kill off a number of backdoor reporting to MS, including a feature that lets you disable or actually REMOVE MS Messenger (if you've ever tried to delete it, you'll quickly figure out that MS WANTS this niche). It also chokes off a number of other worthless "features" that are designed to "enrich your web experience". It runs as a utility and closes (it doesn't run in the background). It's one of the first programs I run on a new XP machine. The program is simple, free, and it works.

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    Re: Honestly ...

    Probably the easiest way to kill those annoying messages is to turn off balloon help. The easiest way to to that is to download TweakUI for WIndows XP and run it.

    In TweakUI you'lll see an entry for Taskbar on the left. Click on that, and on the right clear the checkbox next to the entry that reads Enable Balloon Tips. Click apply, and kiss those messages about Messenger buh-bye! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Pop Up Messages (Professional)

    If anyone's interested, I've posted removal steps for Windows XP's .NET messenger here.

    I've often thought it was very telling that there is a multitude of XP-specific utilities that are explicitly intended to deal with/remove all the pre-loaded marketing drivel.
    -Mark

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