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Change the Messenger Warning Message (All Windows)

When you start a chat in Windows Messenger a warning is shown that says "Never give out your password or credit card number in an instant message conversation". This tweak allows you to customize this message for example to display your company chat policy.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called "IMWarning" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|IMWarningREG_SZNever give out your password or credit car...|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MessengerService\Policies]
Value Name: IMWarning
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Warning Text

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: February 21, 2003