XP: Uninstall Windows Messenger/MSN Messenger

Posted July 21, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

This tutorial describes how to uninstall the Windows Messenger IM client on XP, XP SP1, and XP SP2.


Windows Messenger, by default, is installed, painfully visible, and loads upon start-up. Fortunately, it can be easily removed:

If SP1 (or SP2) is installed, use the steps below:

    1. Select your Control Panel.
    2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
    3. Select Add/Remove Windows Components.
    4. Unselect the checkbox on Windows Messenger.
    5. Click Next.
    6. Click Finish.
    7. Reboot.

If SP1 is not installed, the the following steps:

    1. Click Start.
    2. Select Run.
    3. In the open textbox, type:

    rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

    4. Click OK, or press the Enter key.
    5. Reboot.

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