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Prevent Windows Messenger from Starting on Boot

Companies are doing a little too much nowadays trying to gain a little bit of market share advantage over its competitors. A good example is Microsoft Windows XP. When it starts, it loads up Windows Messenger by default. Perhaps to win you over to use its instant messaging service.

Now, I don't use Windows Messenger for instant messaging, even if I do, I don't want it to start up all the time. Especially on my game machine, where I want to save every bit of processing power for owning other people in FPS or whatever other games I want to play.

Microsoft doesn't make it friendly for you to prevent Windows Messenger from starting either. To do so, you'll have to use Registry Editor and delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MSMSGS" from the registry database. I think just mentioning the Registry Editor turns off 90% of the Windows user out there.

So I'm gonna make it easy on you, and easy on myself in the future. I have attached a registry file that you can download below. After downloading it, double-click on the file. Windows will ask you, "Are you sure you want to add the information in [file path] to the registry?" Click the "Yes" button. And you are all done. Windows Messenger won't start on the next boot-up.

Attached File: Prevent Windows Messenger from Starting on Boot.reg (246 B)

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 09 May 2008 03:10:37 +0000

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Title: Disable Windows Messenger on XP Startup
Weblog: GearHack
Excerpt: Microsoft wants everyone to use Windows Messenger for instant messaging. Therefore, Windows Messenger automatically starts up in the background when Windows XP and Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs boot. To disable Windows Messenger from starting up, you'll have to modify the Windows Registry. . . .
Tracked: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 22:55:34 +0000

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