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    Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    Hello,

    I would like to shut down Windows Instant Messenger, but don't remember how. When I try to close it, it seems to tie in with Outlook. So as long as Outlook is up, it refused to close (just one of the many reasons I don't want it in my life.) I don't want it to tie in with anything. I use Yahoo Messenger and that is all I want to use. I know there is a way to rid myself of WIM, but just can't remember the procedure. Can anyone help?

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    Marilyn
    PS: I have also posted this in Outlook questions

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    Try <!post= The Definitive Guide to Disable/Remove Messenger,327293> The Definitive Guide to Disable/Remove Messenger<!/post>

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    Hi Leif,

    Thank you for all the instructions on how to get rid of this annoying program. I did, however, find what caused it to start up again. I just upgraded my Norton Internet Security which includes their AntiVirus program. And someone else advised me that if the Windows Messenger box is checked there, that it will make this annoying program rise from the grave to haunt you again. So I unchecked that box in the AntiVirus program and voila, Windows Messenger is dead again.

    I haven't installed XP SP2 yet, but it that gets rid of this Windows Messenger program for good, that alone is worth biting the bullet and installing this newest XP service pack.

    Thanks again for all the info. Ya suppose MS is getting the picture?

    Marilyn

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    MS has always had their own picture. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> BTW, I think the overwhelming majority in the Lounge would recommend installing SP-2. Just be sure to backup your system before the install.

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    Hi Joe,

    If I am going to back up my system files, do I basically need to back up my Windows folder and everything in it? I've only done a full back up before and no longer have that capability. I obviously need to know how to do this.

    Also, does setting a restore point do any good when downloading and installing this type of service pack?

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    As part of the service pack installation Windows System files are backed up so that if you uninstall the service pack via Add/Remove programs theoretically all the system files will be returned to their pre SP-2 state. I'd recommend that at a minimum you back up all your data. Your data is the hardest thing to replace and in some cases may be irreplacable. Even better would be a full system backup - yes I know you said you can't but I thought I'd repeat myself.

    You can order a SP-2 CD here: Order Windows XP Service Pack 2 on CD or download the entire service pack here: Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package . The download is 272MB. Do not be alarmed by the name. It is the real deal for all PCs.

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    Hi Joe,

    I have done a bit of investigating and it seems that Norton Internet Security (which includes Norton AntiVirus) more thoroughly protects my computer than does MS Service Pak 2. It not only protects me from incoming intrusions, but also doesn't allow my computer to send out info that I don't want sent out. It protects my private info as well as protects me from e-mail viruses, filters spam and other junk mail and heaven only knows what else. I've been using NIS for about 2-3 years now and have never had a problem yet. Have I just been lucky?

    Also, in order for NIS to work, I have to disable the Windows Personal Firewall. So not sure if that isn't counteracting my installing Service Pack 2 in the first place.

    I get the idea that problems that different programs might have with the Service Pak 2 are a result of the program stopping Internet interaction with those programs where Norton gives me the option to allow that to happen by choice. So not sure what the advantage is to installing the Service Pak 2. Can you enlighten me? :-)

    Thanks,

    Marilyn

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    Re: Removing Win Instant Messenger (Win XP SP 1)

    Marilyn,
    Sp-2 is much more than just a firewall implementation. Disableing the Windows Firewall does not counteract SP-2. Reading here:
    Windows XP Service Pack 2 as a starting point will give you much more information.

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