Make it go away
I recently ran windows update, and now the "Windows Messenger" thing is always running. When I try to "Exit" Windows Messenger, it refuses to quit saying:
Yeah, it's a pain in the rear.
Too bad it's not like the firewall in xp - off by default
Download 'Shoot The Messenger' from www.grc.com. Nice and simple an prevents you knackering your registry when you try to do it yourself.
Not Waving But Drowning
You need this:
er, the last two items have absolutely nothing to do with Windows Messenger.
It sounds like the original question was actually regarding the Windows Messenger IM program that comes with Windows XP (similar to MSN Messenger that you can download from Microsoft). I discovered that you had to kill a process called msmsgs.exe and then delete the folder "C:\Program Files\Messenger" or else it starts up again in a few seconds. I then proceeded to download the MSN Messenger program because it works better than the one that comes with Windows XP and doesn't give that message when I try to kill it-- "There are other applications that are currently using features blah blah blah".
In Outlook, go to Tools > Options > Other and uncheck the box that says "Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook"
Actually, its what dover and Scot said. Thanks for the information. I'll give it a shot tomorrow. That Windows box used for VxWorks development.
I would'nt recommend deleting it from the disk, rather remove it via the "Add Remove Programs" option in the control panel, first by removing it from the "Change or Remove Programs" tab (if present) and then removing it from "Add/Remove Windows Components" - its the last option. I generally remove MSN Explorer as well.
Why are people telling the person to get rid of messenger altogether? That was never implied in the original posting.
meta4, i just googled "there are other applications currently using features provided by windows messenger" and found this thread immediately. I saw your post, and instantly I thought *thats it*. Well it was, my problem is solved- now i don't have to open task manager and kill the process, thank you for the good post.
Meta4 gave the precise solution! Good show!
"In Outlook, go to Tools > Options > Other and uncheck the box that says "Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook"
From my experience, the problem is caused by one or both of two things- Norton antivirus and some other firewalls, seem to call part of messenger to load in the background. In task manager, it shows itself only under the processes tab. Right click messenger from the task bar and close, it won't close.
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