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How to uninstall Windows Live Messenger ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by emil.sekula, Oct 20, 2009.

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  1. emil.sekula

    emil.sekula Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    How can I uninstall Windows Live Messenger ?
    Regards,
     
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    Or start>control panel> add remove and on the left side click on add remove windows components and you should see it listed there.
     
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    if any windows live progs are listed e.g windows live essentials it may be a component, or try checking the messenger box allowing it to complete and then unchecking it allow it to complete and see if that works
     
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    I don't understand your last post.
     
  7. TheOutcaste

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    There are three different versions of messenger.

    1. Windows Messenger (Version 4.7) - comes with XP, listed in Add/Remove Windows components
      This box only removes the Shortcuts, it does not uninstall the program.
      This version can be run at the same time as either of the next two.
      To uninstall, open a command prompt and type this line:
      RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%'inf'msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
    2. MSN Messenger - In Add/Remove Programs
      Click Remove
      Windows Live Messenger is the latest incarnation, and will replace this.
    3. Windows Live Messenger - In Add/Remove Programs, under Windows Live Essentials
      Click Change/Remove
      Select Uninstall, click Continue
      Check Messenger, click Continue

    HTH

    Jerry
     
  8. emil.sekula

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    It doesn't work any of three options on my computer.
     
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    What doesn't work? Please be specific.
    What do you see or not see?
    What happens when you try to uninstall?
    What error messages do you get?
    Does Windows Live Messenger run?
    Exactly which version do you have installed?
    (To get the version, click Help | About Messenger. If the tool bar isn't displayed, press F10 twice, or click the down arrow next to the question mark, then click About Messenger)
    Do you get an error when you try to run it?
    have you tried re-installing it, then uninstalling?
     
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    It doesn't work too. I have message: "Finished. All Messenger references removed" but I have it still.
     
  13. TheOutcaste

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    It's not detecting Windows Live Messenger. It's detecting the original version of Windows Messenger (Installed Version 4.7.3001) and suggesting an update.

    ZapMessenger only works with Windows Messenger 5.x and later, so won't remove the original version.

    And I just now noticed a typo in my earlier post in the command for #1. I had ' instead of \ in the command. Sorry about that:eek:
    You would have gotten an error when you tried it, which is why I asked:
    If you'd reported the error I would have found my mistake sooner.

    Open a command prompt and type this command:
    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
    You should be prompted to restart.
    Then see if it's still detected.
     
  14. Holger_1

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    go to: Program Files\Windows Live\Installer, open "wlarp" and choose Uninstall.
     
  15. emil.sekula

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    TheOutcaste, your method works.
    Thank you very much.
     
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