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The term "Windows Messenger" can actually mean several different programs, each of which is uninstalled differently.
How do I uninstall Windows Messenger?
NOTE: if you're here to uninstall the more recent versions of Windows Live Messenger please
see this article:|
How do I uninstall Windows Live Messenger?
Well, first, let's make sure we're talking about the right thing: Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, or the Windows Messenger Service? As outlined in a prior article, those three Messengers are all different beasts.
And of course uninstalling them is handled quite differently for each.
Windows Messenger: Windows Messenger is considered a part of the Windows operating system, so to uninstall it:
Now OK your way back out, and Windows Setup will run and uninstall Windows Messenger.
MSN Messenger: MSN Messenger is a separately installed application. To uninstall it:
Follow the resulting prompts, and MSN Instant Messenger will be uninstalled.
Windows Messenger Service: The Windows Messenger Service is an unfortunately named component of Windows that cannot be uninstalled. It has nothing to do with Instant Messaging, really, and can almost always be safely turned off. Here's how:
Now OK your way back out, and the Windows Messenger Service will no longer run.
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