Monday, April 29, 2013

Windows Live Messenger - Disabling And Uninstalling It

With each release of one of their operating systems, Microsoft releases some really useful features and applications for users so that they get a better user-experience. Microsoft makes` it a point to know what the user demand is and they have always come up with exciting feature lists whenever they rolled out new operating systems and other software packages. But then there is a certain group of people who find some of its features not-so-exciting, and hence want to remove it from their system.
Here we are going to discuss the Windows Live application and its associated Windows Live Messenger tool. There are both admirers and haters for this Windows OS addition. Windows Live Messenger is actually a part of the free Windows Live Essentials package. It supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Server 2008 OS. Though it comes pre-installed, you may also download it from the Microsoft website. Windows Live help is available for users who have trouble using it. Usually Windows Live Messenger loads automatically when your system is turned on. Though it’s quite a useful addition, some still find it an unnecessary thing to have on their computers. So those who find it annoying can disable the automatic startup, or even uninstall the Messenger completely.

How to disable the automatic start up of Windows Live Messenger

· From the “Windows Live Essentials”, click on the “Help” icon. From the dropdown menu, select “Show the Menu bar”. Now go to Tools > Options.
· From the Options menu, click on the “Sign In” tab. Now deselect the “Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows” option.
· After doing this, Click “OK” to save the changes.
· Restart the computer, and you can see that the automatic startup of Messenger is disabled.
How to uninstall Windows Live Messenger
· In Windows XP, Vista OS, go to the Control Panel and select “Add/Remove Programs”. In Windows 7 OS, go to the Control Panel and select “Programs and Features”.
· Choose “Windows Live Essentials” and click on “Uninstall” and then “Continue”.
· From the list of programs that shows up, select “Messenger” and click “Continue”. This will uninstall the Messenger from your system.
In case of any assistance, you may visit the Windows Live help website and get more information. It is a simple process and you shouldn’t have any big issues performing it.

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