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How do I remove Windows Messenger from Windows XP?

They do make it hard, don't they? Good for you d0pestar knows just how to remove Windows Messenger from Windows XP once and for all:

1) Go to Start > Run

Type this exact commando (you might want to copy paste):

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

3) Oh my God, you killed Windows Messenger! ;)

If for some reason this doesn't work for you, try this:

1) Open a file named sysoc.inf with Notepad or another text editor.  This file can be found in a folder named INF, which is a subfolder of the Windows folder (or in some cases the winnt folder, depending on how your OS was installed).

Look for the following line:


and remove the word "hide" while leaving the commas on place.  Close and save the file.

Now open the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel, and you will be able to remove Windows Messenger like any other program.

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November 28, 2003 at 3:24pm

Hoe verwijder ik Windows Messenger uit Windows XP?
Ze maken het je moeilijk hè? Gelukkig weet dOpestar hoe je Windows Messenger voor eens en altijd uit Windows XP kunt verwijderen.

1) Ga naar Start > Uitvoeren
2) Typ letterlijk dit commando over (je kunt het kopieëren en plakken):

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove.

3) Oooh, je hebt Windows Messenger d'ruit gesloopt! ;)
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November 28, 2003 at 5:04pm

Hoe verwijder ik Windows Messenger van Windows XP
Ze maken het moeilijk, he? Gelukkig voor jullie weet d0pestar hoe je Windows Messenger permanent vanaf Windows XP verwijdert:

1) Klik start, en dan op Run (Uitvoeren)
2) Kopieer deze text in het scherm wat je krijgt en druk op ok:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove.

3) O mijn god, je hebt zojuist Windows Messender vermoord ;)
November 30, 2003 at 5:38am
i tried 2 remove msn messenger,,it didnt work even after putting RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove. into the "run" box
December 2, 2003 at 4:53pm
Don't put the last dot after the word "Remove".
December 2, 2003 at 11:16pm
A shit there it goes, i copied in the last "." which is not wanted so guys, miss the last fullstop!
December 4, 2003 at 10:52pm

Corrected, thanks for the heads up!
I corrected the command which was followed by an unnecessary dot.
December 8, 2003 at 5:28am

didn't work
this worked

rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

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