Windows 7 – Prevent Live Messenger from Opening at Start Up

   Posted December 8, 2009 by David Kirk in Windows 7

I have been setting up a new Microsoft Windows 7 computer for my father. The annoyance of Live Messenger continues to live in all the windows versions. Here is how to prevent Microsoft Live Messenger from running and opening every time you restart your computer.

As long as Microsoft Messenger has existed, people have wanted it to go away. Windows 7 is no different. Here is how to prevent it from opening when you computer first boots up:

1. Click the Blue Circle Question Mark button on the right side of Live Messenger

2. Click Show the menu bar

3. From the menu, select Tools and then Options

4. Click Sign In

5. Unselect the checkbox with Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows

6. Click OK and close out Live Messenger to finish.


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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Anonymous

    Can you still just press Alt to bring up the menu bar?

  • Name

    Awesome! Thanks so much. Live Messenger appearing was so annoying.

  • Anonymous

    Though, every time you remove Live Messenger from the startup menu using msconfig, it still somehow adds itself to the startup list as soon as you open Live Messenger again. Does this fix it?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this posting. One of the most irritating “features” of Microsoft.

  • BaaB

    I canĀ“t believe it was that simple!! I should have worked it out myself…
    Thanks a gazillion times!

  • Finally an answer cant believe i didnt try clicking the help button sooner.

  • Tim

    thanks. amazing that I had to go thru 2 other instructions that didn’t work. THIS works!

  • sandras

    Fantastic easy to use goodbye annoying messenger at startup THANKS