Disable Windows® Messenger in Windows® XP Pro
If you're running Pro, you can use GPEDIT.MSC to prevent Messenger from loading. Otherwise, even disabling it in startup won't cause it to "always" not run. Outlook, OE and some MS web pages can still make it load.
1) Start, Run and enter GPEDIT.MSC
2) For "per machine" restriction, go to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Messenger
For "per user" restriction, go to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Messenger
3) You can now modify whether it starts initially and/or whether its to run at all.
Note: Outlook and Outlook Express will take longer to open, unless you turn off Messenger Support.
In Outlook Express its in Tools, Options, General tab. In Outlook its in Tools, Options,
Other. One additional Registry edit is needed to prevent a serious delay in opening OE if
you use the Contacts Pane and have disabled or removed Messenger.
There are 2 scripts available from our server:
(xp_messenger_autorun.vbs) - Prevent Windows Messenger from automatically running. This script works in XP Pro or Home.
Usage: Download xp_messenger_autorun.vbs and save this file to your hard drive. Navigate to where you saved it and double click the file. A confirmation dialog will appear and remind you to log off/back on or restart your computer. This script can be viewed in Notepad or any text editor, as to the specific Registry key and value that are updated. This version eliminates the startup delay in Outlook Express when the Contacts Pane is used. Should you decide to undo this "fix", an undo script is available as well. (xp_messenger_autorun_undo.vbs) Follow the directions, as above.
You can download both scripts from here.
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