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Windows 7 – Prevent Live Messenger from Opening at Start Up

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.

David Kirk
David Kirk
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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