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Windows Live Messenger - Manually Uninstall

How to Manually Uninstall Windows Live Messenger
Published by Capt.Jack Sparrow
08 Aug 2010
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How to Manually Uninstall Windows Live Messenger

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This article will show you how to manually remove Windows Live Messenger completely. This is helpful when you have issues with Messenger not able to uninstall normally, and reinstalling fails.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this.

Here's How:
1. First we have to shutdown Windows Live Messenger if it's running. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and Select Start Task Manager then click on Processes Tab find msnmsgr.exe and click on End Process.
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2. Then we have to remove Windows Live Messenger from Programs and Features. So go to Start then under search type in Programs and Features
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3. Under Programs and Features look for Windows Live Essentials then click of Uninstall

4. Then it will give you an option to Remove all the Windows Live Programs like Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer etc. You might wanna remove all of them then it will more smooth.

5. Once the Uninstall is completely then download and install CCleaner. Once it's uninstalled, then run CCleaner.
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6. Click on Run Cleaner to make sure all the Temp files are removed.

7. Now we have to remove the Contact cache folders located under Application Data folder for that go to Start under search type in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\ and Hit Enter and Delete the Windows Live Contacts folder.
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8. Now we have to delete few left over keys in Registry make sure you make a backup of the Registry.

9. Now go to Start and under search type in Regedit and press enter.
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10. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

11. In regedit, navigate to each location below.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live and Delete Messenger folder
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft and Delete MSNMessenger
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft and Delete MSNMessenger
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Communications Clients and Delete Shared
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft and Delete IdentityCRL
12. Now reboot your computer

Hope this helps,


08 Aug 2010   #1

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Nice work Capt.

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08 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Excellent job.
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08 Aug 2010   #3
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Nice work Capt.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Excellent job.
Thanks Derek and Carl !
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08 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

If you use Hotmail and prefer using Windows Live Messenger on your desktop instead of in your browser, it is easy to turn it off. Just hover over your name in the top right corner of Hotmail (or any other Windows Live web app) and select Sign out of Messenger. Alternatively, you can select Appear offline.
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08 Aug 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Very good work Cap'n, well done!
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08 Aug 2010   #6
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Nice tutorial Capt.Jack Sparrow.

@Corrine: Nice tips too!
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08 Aug 2010   #7
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Great job Capt. Jack...
I know we've been through a few of those together with different OP's and this tutorial will help tremendously.
Corrine's tip on signing off or working off line is great.
I have hotmail and was never interested in WLM having too much fun here in 7 Forum.
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08 Aug 2010   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Good one Capt.

A Guy
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08 Aug 2010   #9
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Thanks All !
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