How to Delete Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is an application used for chatting and communications. Easy to install, the program’s uninstall feature is also straightforward. However, the uninstall and repair processes vary a bit in Windows XP and Vista.

Although widely used, not everyone knows how to delete Windows Live Messenger. In fact, the process is very easy regardless of which Windows OS you use.

In Windows XP

Step 1: Go to the Taskbar. After clicking the Messenger icon, choose Exit.

Step 2: Click the Start button and go to the Control Panel. Open Add or Remove Programs. Look for Messenger under Currently installed programs. Click Messenger and click Remove. Click Yes when asked for confirmation.

In Windows Vista

Step 1: The process is very similar. Right click the Messenger icon at the Taskbar and choose Exit. Click Start, Control Panel and go to Programs.

Step 2: Click Uninstall a program. Double click Messenger and click Yes.

How to Repair Messenger

Many want to know how to delete Windows Live Messenger because they believe uninstalling then reinstalling will solve any error messages they encounter. This can work, but there is another way.

Messenger Repair in XP and Vista

Click the Messenger icon and select Exit. Click Start and double click Control Panel. Go to Add or Remove Programs and select Messenger. Click Change then click Repair. In Windows Vista, close the Messenger icon at the Taskbar.

Go to Start, Control Panel and click Uninstall a program and Programs. Right click Messenger and click Repair. Follow any instructions that are provided.


Don’t just delete Messenger from Windows Explorer. This will not completely remove the program. It may in fact cause error messages to pop up. The reason is that the program stores other files in various system folders.

If you just delete its folder, the files in the other system folders will look for them. By using the uninstall option, all the files related to the application will be deleted. This is also the rule with other apps that have an uninstall feature. Otherwise, problems may arise.

Messenger Files in the Windows Registry

If you want to remove Messenger from the Windows Registry as well, remove the program first in the manner described above. When it is gone, click Start and type “cmd” in the search box. Type the following commands separately:

“REG DELETE HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MSNMessenger /f”, “REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\MSNMessenger /f”, “REG DELETE “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Communications Clients\Shared” /f” and “REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\IdentityCRL /f”.

Restart your computer. The application will no longer be there. You can check the Registry if you like.

It really isn’t necessary to remove the entries in the Registry. This is only done in case error messages appear.

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