Disable – Windows Instant Messenger


For the longest time I’ve slacked about disabling Windows Instant Messenger from loading when XP boots.  Today I finally stopped slacking and found the necessary Registry tweaks to make the little b*stard stop loading at boot. 

Fix: Using Regedit add the following Registry key & reboot.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftMessengerClient]
"PreventRun"=dword:00000001

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Launch regedit Start -> run type regedit
  2. Drill down to the Microsoft Folder found within HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies
  3. Create a Messenger folder if one does not already exist (Right click in right panel and select New Key)
  4. Create a Client folder if one does not already exist (Right click in right panel and select New Key)
  5. Right click right panel and select New -> DWORD and name it PreventRun
  6. Right click PreventRun and modify it setting it to 1
  7. Reboot Windows
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