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How to Prevent Windows Messenger from Running on Windows XP

Posted By: Julien Jay

Some of you dislike the fact Windows Messenger starts each time you start your computer. To prevent Windows Messenger 4.5 (or later) from running, use the following method:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Locate and click the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft

  3. On the Edit menu, point to New , click Key , and then type Messenger for the name of the new registry key.
  4. Locate and click the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger

  5. On the On the Edit menu, point to New , click Key , and then type Client for the name of the new registry key.
  6. Locate and click the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client

  7. On the Edit menu, point to New , click DWORD Value , and then type PreventRun for the name of the new DWORD value.
  8. Right-click the PreventRun value that you created, click Modify , type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK .
  9. Quit Windows Messenger.

This tip is extracted from article Q302089 of the Microsoft Windows XP Knowledge Base.


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