Windows Messenger Update - NO!!!!!!!

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  1. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

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    I keep getting this message asking me if I want to update my Windows Messenger program. I've disabled the service (in the Admin. Services Utility), but how do I stop XP from asking me to update it? I say No everytime, but I still get it like once every week or two.
     
  2. Scott Littlefield

    Scott Littlefield Stunt Coordinator

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    The Windows Messenger service and the Windows Messenger program are two unrelated things that share the same name.

    The Windows Messenger service was originally used to send messages across a network, and results in a Windows dialog box opening on the screen with the text message in it.

    The Windows Messenger program is Microsoft's Instant Messenger program that is used for chatting over the internet like AIM or ICQ.

    What you disabled in the services utility is not what is trying to be updated. It sounds like you have Automatic Updates turned on (System Properties/Automatic Updates), and that is what's displaying the update message. Is it coming from a little globe down in your system tray?

    It is possible to turn the Automatic Updates off, but unless you're very good about visiting the Windows Update site, I don't recommend it. All the victims of the MSBlast and Sasser viruses could have avoided their infections if they had just updated Windows when the patches were released.
     
  3. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    You sure it's Messenger and not MSN Messenger?

    The Messenger service is for administrators to broadcast to the users "Get off the bloody network we're going down the pub!"

    MSN Messenger is like ICQ or AIM.
     
  4. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

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    When I first got the message, I assumed it was the Messenger application, so I uninstalled it. This is why I was thinking it had to do with the messenger services thing.

    But LOW AND BEHOLD, when I looked in my Microsoft folder, guess what was there? The Messenger App! [​IMG] I guess it got reloaded at somepoint.

    I just launched the app. and I got the same update message so that's definitely it.

    It's wierd, it doesn't show up in the uninstall control panel. Odd?

    I just looked through the programs prefs and don't see any way to disable update reminders. Any thoughts?
     
  5. Scott Littlefield

    Scott Littlefield Stunt Coordinator

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    If you are running Windows XP, and possibly Windows 2000, once you open the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel applet, you need to click on Add/Remove Windows Components to uninstall the Windows Messenger Application.

    I am running Windows XP Professional, with all updates applied, and the remove applet is there for me.
     
  6. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

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    That did it. Thanks!
     
  7. MarkHastings

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    [​IMG] Damn it! I guess it didn't do it because I just the same message again.
     
  8. Todd_B

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    ^can you do a screen shot of the message?

    Todd B
     
  9. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    Do an "all files including hidden" search for sysoc.inf.

    Go to the components subsection, look for msnmgr(I think) and remove a comma and the word "hide"

    save

    you should be able to remove messenger from the add/remove panel

    Brent
     
  10. MarkHastings

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    I just turned on my PC and here's the message:
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Kevin Golding

    Kevin Golding Stunt Coordinator

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    Or get xp-antispy. It has an option to remove it completely.
     
  12. StephenL

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    Try this:

    Find the folder C:Program FilesMessenger.

    Rename the Messenger folder "Messenger OFF".
     

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