Windows XP Messenger Service vs Windows Messenger
There is a difference between the Windows XP Messenger Service and Windows Messenger instant message client. The former is for network administrators a way to communicate with users within his network. If you are not on such a network you don't need it and the Messenger Service can be disabled. What Tufenuf sent you was a link to eliminate this Messenger Service.
The reason you are still getting the pop up is the Windows Messenger instant messaging that Microsoft put in the XP with a confusing similar sounding name. In fact you need to get rid of it in a three step operation or else it will keep coming back.
1. Right Click the Windows Messenger in System Tray open it
-- Go to Tools, Option, Preference Tab
-- Under General, deselect "Run this Program when Windows Starts". Click OK
-- Close Windows Messenger
-- Get rid of the icon in the System Tray by right click and choose Exit
2. To stop it from opening at reboot,
-- Go to Start, Run and type "msconfig". Click OK
--Open Startup Tab and deselect "msmsg". Click OK
3. Microsoft has put in a sneaky third level from where the Windows Messenger will open. It will open and run if you use either Outlook Express or Outlook E-Mail program. If you use either of these two, then open your E-Mail program. In Outlook Express do the following
-- Go to Tools, Options, General Tab (In Outlook, Other Tab)
-- Deselect "Automatically Log on to Windows Messenger". (In Outlook, "Enable Instant Messaging")
Now you should be OK with this annoying imposition
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