KUTA, Bali ~ I booted my PC with Windows XP the other day and was greeted with MSN Messenger at the start screen without having installed it. Even after turning off auto-launch from the options menu and closing it, every time I started windows, the Messenger started running in the background and thereâ€™s nothing I could do about it.
Or was there?
After some online research, I found ways to disable MSN Messenger from automatically running in the background and – as it turns out – even save memory and get a faster boot time by disabling it.
Step 1: When Messenger is automatically launched at startup, make sure you go to top menu Ã options Ã disable auto-launch at Windows start. Then…
Option 1: Click Start, then Run. Then type this long string into the field: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
Option 2: Start Ã Run Ã “gpedit.msc” Ã Computer Configuration Ã Administrative Templates Ã Windows Components Ã Windows Messenger
Here you can enable Ã “Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run” and “Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially”
Celebrate by rebooting and not having Messengerâ€™s blue dudes hanging out in your icon tray all day.
[side note: I do use MSN & am happy with it, as long as it’s non-invasive]Â
With Joshua Bressor
The Bali Times
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