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« on: September 06, 2003, 09:39:05 AM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: XP pro
Problem Application Name & Version: messenger(version with XP)
Problem Hardware Make & Model:
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I've had to install messenger 6.0 as i've been told the version i was running that came with XP was a security risk. The problem is, although version 6.0 is great, I still have the original version on my computer and I would like to remove it. You can't simply delete the original messenger folder as an error message appears telling me that it is protected. Is there a way to remove it? It does not appear in the programs menu either so you can't uninstall it.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2003, 08:20:48 PM »

Hiya

Can you not go via AddRemove in the Control Panel, to uninstall it?

Ah, noticed its not there. Found this, but not sure if it'll just show Messenger, or both versions:

You can actually uninstall MSN Messenger.

Open c:\Windows\Inf\sysoc.inf (where c is your drive, Windows is the OS folder)

Remove "hide" from the following line:
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,7

Goto Add/Remove programs > Add/Remove Windows Components

You should see an entry for MSN messenger at the bottom, allowing you to uninstall it.


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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2003, 05:53:09 PM »

I tried this but couldn't see it in add/remove windows components. The 'hide' part has definitely been removed. Only things I can see in this list are Internet Explorer, MSN Explorer, etc. Update root certificates is the only one at the bottom.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2003, 06:03:46 PM »

Hi,

Try this to remove messenger from WinXP:
1. Start > Run
2. Type 'RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection%windir\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove' (no quotes)
3. Click ok and reboot

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To un-install Messenger:
1. You have to edit sysoc.inf (located in /WINDOWS/inf).
2. Under [Components] you should see the following line:  
msmsgs=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7.
Take the word 'hide' out of the line, and it should look like this:
msmsgs=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7.  Exit and save.
Notice the two commas before the 7
3. Goto Add/Remove programs > Add/Remove Windows Components
4. You should see an entry for MSN messenger at the bottom, allowing you to uninstall it.

For more info: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_messenger.htm
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2003, 05:56:41 PM »

got an error saying 'erroe in advpack.dll, missing entry:LaunchINFSection%windir\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2003, 02:43:44 PM »

Hi,

Try to un-install (second instructions from my previous post)
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2003, 05:58:44 PM »

Hi,
I tried that. I went into the command line and typed in the command, 'c:\Windows\Inf\sysoc.inf', this brought uo notepd where the line, 'msmsgs=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7' was found. I then removed the hide and saved it, then rebooted the system.
When I went into add\remove programs and windows components, messenger still was not there.
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2003, 07:12:49 PM »

Hi,

Did you try with two commas before the 7 like I marked in red above?
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2003, 02:54:15 PM »

Yes, there are 2 commas before the 7
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2003, 03:29:29 PM »

Hi,

Did you check out http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_messenger.htm for more methods? Let us know if one works.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2003, 05:29:43 PM »

finally got it working by tying the 'Type 'RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection%windir\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove'', god knows why it didn't work the first few times i tried it.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2003, 07:47:46 PM »

That's great!  Thanks for letting us know! Grin
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