How To Get Rid of Windows Messenger

Instant messaging is very convenient since it allows real-time communication through text and even voice (VoIP). It is provided by different networks free of charge. If you are any Windows user ( XP, Vista, or 7), you have surely heard of Windows Messenger. Although this is a messenger that comes free of charge, it doesn’t come free of trouble.

Windows Messenger is a proprietary instant messaging client included and installed by default in the Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems. This software should not be confused with Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger), though is quite similar in terms of basic functionality. In comparison, Windows Messenger is a stripped down and ancient version of the Windows Live Messenger. To use it, you must have a .NET account like a Hotmail email ID. Today, development for this client has already been stopped, though it still remains functional; however, a lot of people do not use this software anymore. They either use a different client or network for instant messaging or do not use instant messaging at all, because it takes up resources, slows down your system, or because it is no longer supported by Microsoft. So if you don’t use the messenger any longer, how would you remove it from your computer?

  • Choose a replacement messenger: There are tons of messengers out there for your PC. Some more user friendly and safer than others. Messengers such as AIM, Skype, or Yahoo can become your permanent messenger to that can be connected to your Facebook and/or Twitter account.
  • Removing Windows Messenger: Getting rid of a messenger program is easier than some believe. The first step is to uninstall it from the Add / Remove Programs of Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7:
  • From the start menu, go to the control panel.
  • Click Add / Remove Programs or Programs for Windows 7.
  • Click on the Add / Remove Windows components tab.
  • Scroll down to the end of the list until you find Windows Messenger. You will notice that it has a check mark. Uncheck it.
  • Click “Ok”
  • Windows 7: Highlight Windows Messenger, and click on uninstall
  • Removing Windows Messenger Completely: After this, Windows messenger will still not be completely removed from your system. If you check the task manager [CTRL+ALT+DEL, click processes tab], you will still find the process “msmsgs.exe” running. To completely remove Windows Messenger from your computer, here is what you should do: Go to the Start menu and click Run.Type in copy this code “RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove” (without the quotes) or paste it in the text box then click OK. If you are still using Windows XP SP1, you will be prompted with an error box. Just click ok. Otherwise, you have completely removed Windows Messenger from your computer.