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Published on 06.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Windows Messenger

Learn how to disable Windows Messenger in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, Windows Messenger will not run.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, Windows Messenger can be used.

Note: If you enable this setting, Remote Assistance also cannot use Windows Messenger.

Note: This setting is available under both Computer Configuration and User Configuration. If both are present, the Computer Configuration version of this setting takes precedence.

Disable Windows Messenger

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Messenger in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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  1. jwvals says:

    I did all you stated and enabled the do show up during start up, but it continues to show up on start up and run, did I miss something?

    Thanks

    • CarmSu says:

      Disabling the windows messenger from popping up when you login is actually very easy if you never plan to use it. Simply go into programs and features, select Windows Live Essentials. Next select the uninstall/change button. A wizard will start, select the uninstall radio button and then continue. The screen in wizard will display the Windows Live programs that are installed on your machine. Select Live Messenger. The wizard will complete and uninstall Live messenger.

      • Carola C says:

        Many thanks, CarmSu for your tip. I had looked if I could uninstall the messenger, but when I didn’t see it listed separately, I thought I couldn’t delete it individually. So your tip was great and I’ve now taken messenger off completely, since I don’t use it and the constant popups go on my nerves.

  2. Shonuff says:

    Thanx a Mil!!!!

  3. Wayne says:

    Many thanks, CarmSu for your tip. I had looked if I could uninstall the messenger, but when I didn’t see it listed separately, I thought I couldn’t delete it individually. So your tip was great and I’ve now taken messenger off completely, since I don’t F#@$% use it and the constant popups go on my nerves. Their coming to tak me away HA! HA! HE! HE! HO! HO! AHUM!

  4. FirstBoomer says:

    S U C C E S S !!!!!

    Windows Live Messenger is now Windows DEAD Messenger. Just as with
    jwvals (above), I didn’t want to uninstall all of Windows Live Essentials. With your help I just “killed the messenger”.

    Thanks

  5. FirstBoomer says:

    Sorry CarmSu for not mentioning your name in my previous reply about “killing the messenger”. So better late than never–Thanks!

    FirstBoomer

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