If you’re a Windows Vista user, then you know that when you install it, some programs and software come along with it. One of these is Windows Live Messenger, but many users prefer another IM client instead. If you’re one of these people, there’s the option to completely remove Windows Live Messenger from the computer.
Windows is the most popular OS around the world, and finds uses in home, business, educational environments and more. By using a long line of products from the same manufacturer, many customers have grown accustomed to features and interface that’s common to Windows. IT people mostly prefer Windows over alternatives like Linux, Unix, Ubuntu, despite many of them being available for free. Windows Live Messenger is just one aspect that drags the system down every time you start Windows.
Here’s how to remove it, according to our Windows Live chat support team.
- Go to the Control Panel. If you’re not sure how to get there, go to the Start Menu on your desktop, and hit the Control Panel shown there. If you don’t find it there, type “control panel” in the search field, and you will. Wait some time for it to show up, if you’re using a slow computer. Which probably is the case, since you’re running Vista.
- Once you’re in the Control Panel window, go to Add/Remove Programs option, to get the list of the programs already installed on your computer.
- Then pick the Add/Remove Windows components option. This will bring up the Windows Components Wizard, another
box with another set of options. Scroll down and find Windows Live Messenger on this list and un-check the box beside it. If the check box is shaded, only some of its subcomponents have been selected for removal. Make sure you click the box again to select it fully.
- Follow the instructions you see on the Windows installer window, and finish the whole thing. Click Finish when done.
- For the changes to take effect and the components of Windows Live messenger to be removed fully, you’ll need a reboot of Windows. This can also be done later if you’re not in a hurry.
There are many alternatives to Windows Live Messenger, which are far better in the features section such as Google’s Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger, and Pidgin. The former barrages you with ads, hasn’t too many useful features, and allows just one account to be signed into at a time. It’s little wonder people get rid of it. Call our Windows live chat support, if you need help with this.