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Disable Passport Balloon Reminder (Windows XP)

When you install Windows XP a balloon reminder is shown to prompt you to enter a Microsoft .NET Passport. This reminder can be disabled if you are not using Passport or MSN Messenger.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new Binary value, or modify the existing value, called "PassportBalloon" 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)|
|PassportBalloonREG_BINARY0a 00 00 00|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MessengerService]
Value Name: PassportBalloon
Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value)
Value Data: "0a 00 00 00" = disabled

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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 6, 2003