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Windows Messenger 4.7 can be removed, but since it's a part of Windows, it's in the Windows Components part of Add/Remove programs.

How do I get rid of Messenger 4.7?

I'll assume you mean Windows Messenger 4.7, not to be confused with MSN Messenger.

To remove Windows Messenger, go to Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs, select Add/Remove Windows Components, and uncheck Windows Messenger.

For what it's worth, uninstalling might not be necessary. Consider configuring Windows Messenger not to start up when you log in. That's a simple checkbox in Windows Messenger's options.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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26 Comments
Serry
September 22, 2004 2:40 PM

I've got Windows XP Home (SP-1) and Windows Messenger 4.7; the Messenger appears in the icon tray every time the email program swithes into its third "identity" (or alias), disappears when I leave that identity or close the Outlook Express. Closing it doesn't help; it doesn't appear in add/delete programs; a registry hack I found, doesn't work. Puzzling, eh?

Serry
September 22, 2004 5:21 PM

Just got rid of the loading of Messenger, by simply finding the "Messenger" file (My Computer, C: drive, Programs, Messenger), and renaming the whole file "MessengerZ". I suppose it's being "called" by the email program, but of course it won't run now.

Vitor
September 23, 2004 2:59 PM

Start -> Run (as admin)

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Marina
October 7, 2004 6:11 AM

To get rid of windows messenger, find the file in c: programs and rename it. you may have to go into task manager and end its process first. Just push cntr alt delete at the same time, and look down the list in the box that comes up for msmsgs.exe, click on it and then click on the end process button. then hou cna rename the file and it will dissappear. AIM may appear in your icon tray but that is easily taken care of.

Jenny
November 6, 2004 5:59 AM

I have XP home addition with 4.7 messenger. we installed service pack 2 and it wiped away the add ins on messenger... anyway to retrieve them back? we have no way of knowing if we have hotmail or not...

Paul
November 22, 2004 5:12 PM

Thx ++ Vitor for "the right way" do get rid of it.

Lunde, Vegard
May 1, 2005 2:57 AM

I have Windows messenger 4.7 and struggle big-time with deleting it...
Whenever I try to delete it it gives me a message saying that some other program is using it and it can't be deleted unless I shut down that program. I can't find those programs to be running, and it does not help the least to close them if they are running. The same foes if I try to rename the filepath...
Help me!

Leo
May 1, 2005 8:54 PM

I might try rebooting in safe mode and seeing if you could uninstall then.

Mike
May 30, 2005 8:05 AM

Its not running, but if Outlook is set to run messenger in the background, it might pose a problem.

In outlook.. Tools/Options
Select the OTHER tab
uncheck the option for Person Names Smart Tag.

Hope that helps
Mike

hiteckcleadus
July 19, 2005 3:36 PM

I run Windows XP with out the service packs. I had Windows Messenger and this is how i got rid of it......MYCOMPUTER...C;DRIVE>>>PROGRAMS...right
click on the Windows Messenger icon AND chose properties to make sure it was an application i first deleted the application because if you try to delete the file first the computer will tell you that other programs are using Windows Messenger. I wiped the App. from trash and then deleted the folder and wiped it from the trash also all done!!!try it it might work for you!!

H
August 25, 2005 8:36 AM

CTRL ALT DEL, kill all apps like outlook deamons and the like, then go to the control panel, add/remove programs, windows components, msn messenger , uncheck it, click next/finish and tada, your done ;)

D
November 8, 2005 8:44 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302089/EN-US/
Leo you need to check your references again.
There is no place under control panel, add or remove programs, can you delete it.
This link from Microsoft explains it in detail how to remove it.

Randy
March 9, 2006 9:53 PM

The comment using the task manager strategy worked for me and it was fast and easy

Steve
May 1, 2006 7:23 AM

Forget Microsoft. To remove it, do the following:

Click on Start>>My Computer or Control Panel>>Add or remove programs>>Then select Add/Remove Windows Components on the left hand side. Now uncheck Windows Messenger at the very bottom and select next.

Right, now to remove it. Click Start>>Run. Cut and paste the following command: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

IE and OE should also load a little faster.

Kealie-Ann
June 14, 2006 11:27 AM

On my friends computer i signed in under windows messenger and now every time she turns on her computer my computer signs out of msn and hers signs in under my name and were in different towns how so i stop her computer from signing in under my name so that mine here will stay signed in? i hate it when my msn is off cause this is the only way my family keeps in touch with me and if its signed out here im not usually home to sign back in and am missing any contact with my family

dh
August 24, 2006 9:51 PM

This worked while running XP Pro!!! Nothing else did

Click on Start>>My Computer or Control Panel>>Add or remove programs>>Then select Add/Remove Windows Components on the left hand side. Now uncheck Windows Messenger at the very bottom and select next.

Right, now to remove it. Click Start>>Run. Cut and paste the following command: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Thanks Steve!!

Leo Notenboom
September 6, 2006 10:45 PM

Funny. That's exactly what the article you just commented on says.

Alex Stuart
November 9, 2006 8:34 AM

To remove or uninstall the windows messenger, download the Remove Windows Messenger tool from http://www.diskdatarecovery.net/remove-windows-messenger

Leo Notenboom
November 9, 2006 9:39 AM

That tool is *unnecessary*. Please read the article above or visit this article: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_uninstall_windows_messenger.html

You don't need to download anything to remove messenger.

mbl12pk
September 11, 2007 3:56 PM

I run Windows XP with out the service packs. I had Windows Messenger and this is how i got rid of it......MYCOMPUTER...C;DRIVE>>>PROGRAMS...right
click on the Windows Messenger icon AND chose properties to make sure it was an application i first deleted the application because if you try to delete the file first the computer will tell you that other programs are using Windows Messenger. I wiped the App. from trash and then deleted the folder and wiped it from the trash also all done!!!try it it might work for you!!

Posted by: hiteckcleadus at July 19, 2005 03:36 PM

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THIS WORKED FOR ME...
Thanks hiteckcleadus

Richard Field
October 17, 2007 1:57 PM

Someone set up a Windows messenger account on my PC with his login name as default. I can't get rid of it and I cannot get rid of his dropdown login either, despite following your instructions to the letter. The Add/Remove Windows components button just hasn't worked. In any case, I don't necessarily want to get rid of Messenger; I just want to get rid of his account everytime I open Messenger up. How do I do that? Any ideas.

Mike
June 11, 2008 4:17 PM

Even though the other methods listed here WILL work, it's more effort than what is necessary. WHAT is necessary is exactly what Leo listed at first. Go to ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS, ADD/REMOVE WINDOWS COMPONENTS, and clear the check box beside Windows Messenger. Click OK, and after it runs it's little marathon, Messenger is all gone!

Ricco
February 19, 2009 5:31 PM

Hi i inserted the run command and htis delted windows messenger is there a command i can enter again to get back windows messenger?

Ricco
February 19, 2009 5:34 PM

the delete command was RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

vern
March 5, 2009 9:31 PM

I have tried to use messenger and i always get the same answer. wrong email or wrong pass word . I have followed there instructions .and then they say I have tried to many times and they will not connect me even when I tried another email address

Ali
November 6, 2009 12:48 PM

I have Window live messenger and my problem is when I sign into a pop up comes on saying new version must be update with Yes/No question. I click no and it still coming on when I sin into my MSn live messenger. Do I have to update the version if I dont need it. Please help. Thanks.

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