Disable Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as Windows Messenger) can often be distracting in work/school environments. The instructions below will help you disable Windows Live Messenger (by removing the ability to use it, while still having the setup files installed on your computer).

System Requirements

  • Windows XP or later

Instructions to Disable Windows Live Messenger

  1. Launch the Start menu by either pressing the Windows key on your keyboard or clicking on the windows icon at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Open the “Run…” utility if you are using XP. If you are using Windows Vista/7, use the quick search to search for the “Run” utility and open it.
  3. In the “Open” textbox, type “services.msc”.
  4. Click “OK” or press Enter on your keyboard.
  5. In the list that appears, locate “Windows Live Messenger” (or “Windows Messenger”) and double-click it.
  6. Select “Disabled” when prompted to change the Startup Type.
  7. Click “Stop.”

As another option, you might choose to uninstall Windows Live Messenger completely (removing the setup files, and the ability to re-enable Windows Live Messenger).