How does one disable Live Messenger when checking Hotmail?

Discussion in 'Windows Live Messenger' started by Dave Parson, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Dave Parson

    Dave Parson Guest

    After I start Internet Explorer, go to Hotmail, and click on Inbox, Windows
    Live Messenger starts and I would like to prevent this from
    do you do it?

    I've gone to WLM>Options>Sign In and made sure everything was disabled.
    I've gone to IE>Manage Add-Ons and disabled Windows Live Sign-in Helper and
    Windows Messenger. Neither of these approaches will prevent WLM from

    Thank you,

    - Dave
    Dave Parson, Jul 3, 2009
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  2. Greetings Dave,

    As SuNcO has already indicated, this is due to the integration feature in Hotmail which calls
    Messenger and if it's not starting, it starts it up.

    To disable the integration, open up Internet Explorer and choose the Tools menu. Then if
    you're using IE7, choose Manage Add-ons and Enable or Disable Add-ons. If you're using IE8,
    just choose Manage Add-ons.

    Show the entries that run without requiring permission and the specific entry you'll want to
    disable is "Windows Live", which corresponds to the \Program Files\Windows
    Live\msgsc.14.0.8064.0206.dll file and CLSID/Class ID is
    {E1771B7F-98BE-407F-BA67-AA16ADA5D0C5}. You may need to show the various columns to find the
    exact one (there will be multiple 'Windows Live' entries). In IE8 you can also double-click
    each entry for the full information to show.

    After you've found it, choose the button to Disable it and Messenger will no longer be
    started by any Microsoft websites. Be aware however that if/when Messenger is updated, this
    will be need to be done again (and will be a different file and CLSID).

    Jonathan Kay
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger
    MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
    MessengerGeek Blog:
    Messenger Resources:
    (c) 2009 Jonathan Kay - If redistributing, you must include this signature or citation
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Jul 4, 2009
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  3. Dave Parson

    Dave Parson Guest

    Thanks Jonathan, I should have mentioned that I use IE6. Is there a way to
    disable this integration with this older version? I have already tried the
    "Manage Add-ons" options menu item. There are only 2 add-ons listed from
    Microsoft: "Windows Live Sign-in Helper" and "Windows Messenger". I've
    disabled both. There is not an add-on listed that has a file name following
    the "msgsc.*.dll" format you mentioned.

    I did look in the registry to see if there was a way to disable it and was
    able to find the "msmsgs.exe" that's starting under the
    Explorer\Extensions\{FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683}. Can I disable it
    using a change somewhere at this level?

    Thanks again,

    - Dave
    Dave Parson, Jul 4, 2009
  4. Dave Parson


    Aug 4, 2010
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    In Hotmail hover over your name in the upper right corner (or if nothing appears, click on it), then you get the option to Sign Out Of Messenger. That should fix it.
    So far it hasn't logged me back in automatically anymore.
    Good luck!
    thindi, Aug 4, 2010
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