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I have Windows XP and it installs Messenger by default. How do I get rid of it?

Start -> Run -> Type "C:WINDOWSINFSYSOC.INF" (without quotes) Substitute your Windows directory if necessary. This will open a text file that hides some programs from the 'Add/Remove Programs' folder. Find the line that starts with "msmsgs=" and edit the word 'hide' out of it. Save the file, open Control Panel's "Add/Remove Programs," and click on the Windows Components button. Scroll down, and you'll find Windows Messenger.

If you have Service Pack 1, it puts on a utility under the Add/Remove programs and allows users to show/hide (and subsequently install/uninstall) MSN Messenger, Outlook Express, and the like.

If the SYSOC.INF method does not work for you, try the following:
Start -> Run -> rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %systemRoot%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
Posted on October 1st, 2015
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