How to Disable Windows Live Messenger

You’ll only go over a few steps on how to disable Windows Live Messenger. You can go for this option in case you don’t want to remove this program from your computer system. Those who actually use it also have the option to disable the program from starting up after logging on to Windows.

The Microsoft Windows installation CD you just bought or the one that came with your brand new computer may very well have Windows Live Messenger in it. And chances are that it will automatically be installed on your brand new computer or when you install your operating system from the installation CD.

Some people get annoyed by this program and some people just can’t make it work and thus comes the question of how to get rid of it. Your options at this point are either to uninstall the program or disable it. Since you might just want to keep it on your computer system for a while, we’ll go over how to disable Windows Live Messenger.

How to Disable Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP

The steps on how to disable Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP will take only a few steps. First you go to Start then click Run and you’ll have the Run window open with a text box labeled as ‘Open’. Type ‘services.msc’ in the text box and then click on the ‘OK’ button.

A new window will pop up showing a list of various items. Scroll down until you find the one for Live Messenger and double click on it. On the next window select ‘Disabled’ under the Startup type menu. Click ‘Stop’ and then hit ‘OK’.

How to Disable Windows Live Messenger in Windows Vista

If you’re using Windows Vista, you will basically follow the same procedure on how to disable windows live messenger for Windows XP. You’ll only have to go over a minor variation. When you click on the start button you won’t see Run in the start menu. What you need to do is to type ‘Run’ in the Start search box and select Run in the list that comes up. From there you basically just follow the same steps to disable messenger.

How to Disable Windows Live Messenger from Startup.

For those who actually use Live Messenger and just don’t want the program to come up as soon as you boot the computer you have the option to disable this instant messenger from start up. Here are the steps to follow to prevent this program from starting up when you boot your computer:

1. Run Windows Live Messenger either from Start on by clicking on its icon on your desktop.

2. From the drop down menu go to Tools then Options.

3. Go to General

4. Uncheck the option to automatically run Live Messenger when logging on to Windows.

5. Click on the Apply button below and on the next window click OK.

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