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  1. wgman21

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    I am using Windows Live Mail to access my mail from my ISP. I don't use instant messenger with any program, and I would like to delete Windows Live Messenger. It opens up in my system tray every time that I open my mail. I've checked all of the options and I can't figure out how to delete it or at least turn it off. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!!
    Bill
     
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    Thanks for the response. When I went to that link and did what they said, I got this error:

    could not locate INF file: C:\\Windows\INF\msmsgs.inf

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
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    Thanks for the link! I just tried running that and got the same exact error. Could I have corrupted something, and is there a fix for the corruption?

    Thanks
     
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    go to X:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf (where X: is the drive letter where Windows XP is installed) and open it in Notepad. You should see a section of the file something like this:

    [Components]
    NtComponents=ntoc.dll,NtOcSetupProc,,4
    WBEM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wbemoc.inf,hide,7
    Display=desk.cpl,DisplayOcSetupProc,,7
    Fax=fxsocm.dll,FaxOcmSetupProc,fxsocm.inf,,7
    NetOC=netoc.dll,NetOcSetupProc,netoc.inf,,7
    iis=iis.dll,OcEntry,iis.inf,,7
    com=comsetup.dll,OcEntry,comnt5.inf,hide,7
    dtc=msdtcstp.dll,OcEntry,dtcnt5.inf,hide,7
    IndexSrv_System = setupqry.dll,IndexSrv,setupqry.inf,,7
    TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2
    msmq=msmqocm.dll,MsmqOcm,msmqocm.inf,,6
    ims=imsinsnt.dll,OcEntry,ims.inf,,7
    fp_extensions=fp40ext.dll,FrontPage4Extensions,fp4 0ext.inf,,7
    AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7
    msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
    RootAutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,rootau.inf,,7
    IEAccess=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,ieaccess.inf,,7

    This is a list of all components installed at the moment. I've taken the example of MSN Messenger - the program entry called 'msmsgs', third-last line. You can see the word 'hide' highlighted - this is the string which tells Windows not to display the component in the Add/Remove Programs list. Fix this up by simply deleting the word 'hide' like so:

    msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7

    To this:

    msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7

    Now, after restarting, you should be able to see MSN Messenger in the Add/Remove Programs list.

    thanks,

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    Valis,
    Would it work the same in Vista? That's what I'm running. Sorry for the confusion. I should've mentioned that in the original post. If you click on my little computer icon next to my user name, I have all of my specs loaded.

    Thanks again!
     
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    should. Do you have that file in vista?
     
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    I've looked and can't find it. I tried the run (browse) command and can't find anything close to WLM, or Windows Live Messenger etc? Should I just give up? Lol
     
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    you sure this is windows messenger? Because it didn't ship with vista. XP was the last OS with it.
     
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    It's Windows "Live" Messenger. I am using Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Messenger is included. Every time I open my email the Windows Live Messenger opens in my system tray. That is the part that I'm trying to eliminate.
     
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    try start > run > appwiz.cpl > On the left pane at the top, click View Installed Updates, WLM X.X should be in the list, where x is the version number.
     
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    V,
    I appreciate all of your help. I ran the appwiz and went thru each update, 1 by 1 and didn't see anything with WLM. I will keep trying whatever you have for me or I will give up, if you run out of ideas.

    Thanks again,
    Bill
     
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    If I do all that and then re-install Windows Live Mail, can I do it without messenger? I like using the Windows Live Mail but don't care to have the messenger open all of the time in my system tray. Also, if I do that will I lose all of my emails and settings?
     
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