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).
- Windows XP or later
Instructions to Disable Windows Live Messenger
- 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.
- 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.
- In the “Open” textbox, type “services.msc”.
- Click “OK” or press Enter on your keyboard.
- In the list that appears, locate “Windows Live Messenger” (or “Windows Messenger”) and double-click it.
- Select “Disabled” when prompted to change the Startup Type.
- 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).