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Old 01-03-05, 07:33 AM Thread Starter   #1
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stop messenger from running


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Is there any switch to stop messenger from running when I open my hotmail account?
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Old 01-03-05, 08:02 AM   #2
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Open Messenger | Tools | Options | "Preferences" tab | Uncheck "Allow Windows Messenger to run in the backround", and "Run Windows Messenger when Windows starts".

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Old 01-03-05, 08:19 AM Thread Starter   #3
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The version of mine is 6.2. I can't find "allow windows messenger to run in the background".
Is there any hidden switch that anybody knows to disallow it from running in the backgrd? I've found the binary value: DSBkgndMode. Will that do it? thanks

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Old 01-03-05, 08:34 AM   #4
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Are you referring to when you check your Hotmail in Outlook?

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Old 01-03-05, 08:35 AM   #5
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I always use this guys VB script to remove Windows Messenger. I hate that program and the fact MS tries to shove it down your throat makes me want it gone even more. It also has manual insturctions to remove it.
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_messenger_remove.htm

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Old 01-03-05, 08:39 AM   #6
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The version of mine is 6.2. I can't find "allow windows messenger to run in the background".
Is there any hidden switch that anybody knows to disallow it from running in the backgrd? I've found the binary value: DSBkgndMode. Will that do it? thanks
It should just be in the options ... I don't use MSN anymore but it used to be in there. If you want a good alternative solution, try Trillian - it's 5 chat programs in one and works really well.
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Old 01-03-05, 08:42 AM Thread Starter   #7
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redduc900, It runs automatically everytime I log in to my webmail (hotmail account).

I can't remove the application as I'm in a shared environment
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Old 01-03-05, 08:45 AM   #8
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Don't remove the application then. You can completely disable it so it never runs from the options.

Can you install new programs on your PC?
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Old 01-03-05, 08:54 AM   #9
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redduc900, It runs automatically everytime I log in to my webmail (hotmail account).
Ahhh, I see what you mean now. AFAIK this is by design, and can't be turned off...maybe with the next version of Messenger.

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Old 01-03-05, 09:08 AM Thread Starter   #10
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Don't remove the application then. You can completely disable it so it never runs from the options.

Can you install new programs on your PC?
I'm the administrator. Do u happen to know if the program you'll recommend to me has any user based profile so I can disable messenger at least under my account?
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I always use this guys VB script to remove Windows Messenger. I hate that program and the fact MS tries to shove it down your throat makes me want it gone even more. It also has manual insturctions to remove it.
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_messenger_remove.htm

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C:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf

open that and remove the ,Hide from anything - it will then show up in add/remove programs and you can uninstall it

that is if you were able to do that,

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I always use this guys VB script to remove Windows Messenger. I hate that program and the fact MS tries to shove it down your throat makes me want it gone even more. It also has manual insturctions to remove it.
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_messenger_remove.htm

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Old 01-03-05, 02:02 PM   #13
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disabling it by the options sounds all well and good, but when i did that on my slightly older 1.8ghz 256mb rambus ram setup msmsg.exe would still show up on my list of services* (i can't remember exact and i am at school) but it would regularly start going balls to the wall eating up my ram and cpu cycles.
So i tried to bring it up and fix it but i never really got it fixed well before the hdd went kaput
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Old 01-03-05, 03:21 PM   #14
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Another easy way is renaming the folder messenger to messengerOFF
\program files\messengerOFF that is..

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