Tech Tips

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 there’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 à options à 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 à Run à “gpedit.msc” à Computer Configuration à Administrative Templates à Windows Components à Windows Messenger
Here you can enable à “Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run” and “Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially”

Celebrate by rebooting and not having Messenger’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] 

Tech Tips
With Joshua Bressor
The Bali Times

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