Windows Live Messenger (pre-installed with Vista), formerly titled Windows Messenger (packaged with XP), is an annoying piece of MSN software – and because it’s pre-installed with Windows, it is not very easy to uninstall (without direction). Follow the instructions below to uninstall Windows Live Messenger.
- Windows XP or later
Instructions to Uninstall Windows Live Messenger
- Open the start menu (either by using your cursor, or pressing the Windows button on your keyboard).
- Click “Run…” if you are using XP. If you are using Vista, type “Run” into the Start Search box, and open “Run”.
- In the “Open” textbox, copy and paste “RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove”.
- Click “OK” or press Enter on your keyboard.
- Click the “Yes” button, when you are prompted to restart your computer.
As another option, you might choose to disable Windows Live Messenger – allowing you to re-enable it in case you later change your mind (this way you won’t have to go to the trouble of downloading/re-installing Windows Live Messenger, which would take a significantly larger amount of time).