Windows 7: How to Uninstall Windows Live Messenger

If you have moved away from using the Windows Live Messenger application and want to uninstall it, you will notice that there is no standalone listed to uninstall the app. Here are the steps to follow to rid your computer of Windows Live Messenger.

1. Click the Orb (Start button) and select Control Panel.

2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.

3. Scroll down the list of applications. Locate and select Windows Live Essentials.

4. Go to the bar at the top of the list and select Uninstall/Change.

5. When the new window appears, select the Uninstall radio button and click Continue.

6. Check the Messenger checkbox and click Continue.

7. The application will be uninstalled.

Once completed, click the Close button on the confirmation page.

 

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36 Responses to “Windows 7: How to Uninstall Windows Live Messenger”

  1. April 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have been waiting for this since the first time I booted a computer! Pretty obvious, but I never figured it out. Thanks a bunch!

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  2. May 07, 2010 at 4:57 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks, this Window Live Messenger that slows down all the process of restart is such a pest!

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  3. August 13, 2010 at 7:46 am, Bisalukiran said:

    thank you very much its done bluewavenepal
    kathmandu nepal

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  4. October 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm, M N Jeganmohan said:

    thank u for guiding me

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  5. October 29, 2010 at 3:35 am, Nancy_angel said:

    i only have windows live sync and windows live upload tool… but windows live messanger is DEFINITELY installed onto my computer!

    Reply

  6. November 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm, Astro149 said:

    Thank you! I could not figure out how to get rid of this annoying feature that I never use.

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  7. November 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm, Alltherage1 said:

    Life saver

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  8. December 01, 2010 at 5:51 pm, Burnwithlife said:

    thanks just what i needed.

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  9. December 09, 2010 at 7:53 pm, Mike Madden said:

    Thanks! This is a lifesaver….not really a lifesaver but at least a memory saver!

    Reply

  10. December 11, 2010 at 8:47 am, Issa456 said:

    I did the same but still the messenger is there!!

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  11. December 16, 2010 at 2:33 am, Asrar Ahmed said:

    OK, my problem is I had an older version of Live Messenger installed on my computer. With the new update of Live Essentials, the new messenger came out. I tried to update, everything was updated and new programs like Mesh was installed, except the Messenger was not updated. SO, instead I tried to uninstall the entire Live Essentials, and reinstall everything, including the Messenger (I use Windows Live Messenger with pride :D ), but the Messenger was not uninstalled. It keeps giving an error, and now I cannot install any other program provided by Live Essentials.

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    • January 02, 2011 at 8:20 pm, DenDen said:

      same problem for me. I’ve installed 2011 version and uninstalled. Than installed 2009 version of MSN Live Messenger, now I could’nt uninstall this version even I did all the instructions.

      Reply

  12. December 25, 2010 at 11:58 am, Anudeepsd said:

    Got out of my headache…thanks a lot for the solution buddy…!

    Reply

  13. January 07, 2011 at 1:39 am, Guest said:

    I TRIED BUT IT DIDN’T WORK I’VE TRIED MANY TIMES BUT IT STILL WON’T UNINSTALL.
    MY REASON IS THAT WHEN I DOWNLOADED IT THE FIRST TIME IT DIDN’T DOWNLOAD MOVIE MAKER AND I WANTED THAT SO TRIED TO DOWNLOAD THAT SEPERATELY BUT IT SAYS I NEED TO UNINSTALL THE VERSION I HAVE .
    I UNINSTALLED HEAPS OF THINGS I:E PHOTO GALLERY AND MORE BUT NOW I’M SCREWED PLEASE HELP!

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  14. January 13, 2011 at 11:08 am, Rigorichris said:

    worked perfect…thanks

    Reply

  15. January 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm, Ordulu_ramazan_52 said:

    das ist so ein scheiß ich find das nirgendswo…:@
    ich rasste aus hab schon alles versucht zu machen man kann das garnicht ganz deinstallieren…
    genau so wie es das beschrieben hat sobald ich da wo die ganzen programme ausgelistet sind drauf bin ist windows live essa… nicht zu finden…
    ich hab schon überall durchgesucht und wenn ich versuche ein älteres zu installieren kommt di emeldung sie haben bereits eine neuere version -.-
    bitte bitte hilft mir ich benutze auch windows7….
    fallst jemand ein lösung hat bitte bitt emeldet euch bei mir…

    ordulu_ramazan_52@hotmail.de

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  16. February 08, 2011 at 6:01 pm, Antaressf said:

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get rid of this useless Live Messenger since I got the new computer — Windows sure doesn’t make it easy.
    It’s been really annoying, b/c it interferes with my Skype calls.
    Thanks for the step-by-step :-D

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  17. March 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm, Generalmv said:

    When I click on “Uninstall” in Control Panel, Windows opens a box asking me to “Select the programs [I] want to uninstall”, but that box never fills up. It’s not frozen – when I mouse over the “cancel” button, the button lights up, and I can X out of the box normally. But it doesn’t give me any options to remove any of the Windows Live Essential programs, let alone Live Messenger.

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    • March 17, 2011 at 1:42 am, foxtrot said:

      i have the same problem, does anyone know how to fix this?

      Reply

  18. March 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm, Barbara Hammond62 said:

    Great at last I am free of Windows live thanks for you website, now I can enjoy my computer without having to sit and wait for that to come on. Thank you for the easy step by step guide. B.J

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  19. April 02, 2011 at 12:09 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the helpful guide! I’ve been trying to figure out how to remove messenger. This was so simple!

    Reply

  20. April 17, 2011 at 9:11 am, Okgo said:

    Thanks for a helpful guidance.

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  21. April 29, 2011 at 11:01 am, jaba said:

    Hails and cheers. Even though this was quite obvious :D

    Reply

  22. August 03, 2011 at 7:10 pm, Tryer said:

    who has still a messenger problem or can’t uninstall: need to use a program to uninstall messenger. This program can be eg:Zap messenger

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  23. September 01, 2011 at 6:56 pm, Tracy said:

    I followed the steps above but when I click on Windows Live Essentials and then click unistall/change at the top…nothing happens. I don’t ever get the pop ups that are show in the screenshots above. I’m soo frustrated. I just want to unistall this thing..it’s slowing my computer down like crazy! HELP!! PLEASE!!!

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  24. October 06, 2011 at 5:47 am, Firehorse said:

    I have win 7 and have searched the net for hours looking for a way to get rid of this thing. I tried the command line method, regedit method, taking permissions from the folders and exe method and various other ways. I have eventually found this to work. It is so simple it’s not funny.

    With the Windows Live Messenger box open, make sure that you have ‘show menu/toolbar’ option selected.
    Select ‘tools’ then ‘options’ then ‘sign in’
    Unselect all options
    then select ‘apply’ then ‘ok’.

    Crazy huh?

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  25. October 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm, SY said:

    It works. Thanks!

    Reply

  26. February 21, 2012 at 8:09 am, Jo Gee said:

    THANK YOU – don’t know why but the profile picture kept changing to porn pictures from god knows where- I would delete them and then they would reappear. Very Very annoying, so double thanks from me.

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  27. March 08, 2012 at 1:40 pm, Lixie said:

    it all seems so simple now. I didn’t expect they would have grouped them all together (im used to older computers).
    Thank you!

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  28. June 01, 2012 at 7:56 pm, Proud Crazy Army Mom said:

    HATE it when programs get installed or updated automatically. This is the 3rd recipe I tried to get yet another annoying program off of my pc – totally worked – thank you so much! I’m bookmarking this page as I’m sure windows messenger will somehow show up on my pc again after an update. :)

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  29. August 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm, Bob P said:

    Thanks , finally a way to get rid of the annoying pop up at start up

    Reply

  30. August 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm, Bob P said:

    Thanks , finally a way to get rid of the annoying pop up during start up .

    Reply

  31. March 26, 2013 at 8:48 am, Larry Cosgrave said:

    Excellently explained, thanks so much Rob wherever you are!! Generous work you do!

    Reply

  32. October 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm, chad said:

    omg thanks…. i’m fairly savy but that one had me stumped

    Reply

  33. November 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm, david said:

    i cant get windows live messenger off

    Reply

  34. December 29, 2013 at 9:56 am, mamsmelk said:

    Thank you, Messenger was annoying me so much.

    Reply

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