Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN Messenger) like many programs configures itself to startup automatically when you boot into Windows.
It doesn’t appear in the Startup folder like a lot of programs however it’s options dialog does allow you to disable the startup.
This article explains step by step how you can disable MSN from starting automatically.
This solution has been tested on all versions of MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger from 5.0 to 8.5 on Windows XP Professional with SP3.
Let us know if it works with your version too!
Here’s how to do it:
- Click Start > All Programs > Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger
- When the main window opens, click the Tools menu followed by Options as shown below.
- When the Options dialog box opens, click the General option on the left hand navigator
- Now clear the check mark from the checkbox that says Automatically run Messener when I log on to Windows