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Disable MSN Instant Messenger (All Windows) Popular

This restriction is used to disable the ability to run the Microsoft MSN Instant Messenger client.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open you registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value for each of the optional restrictions from the table below. Set the value to "1" to enable the restriction or "0" to disable it.

  • PreventAutoRun - Do not automatically start Messenger
  • PreventRun - Do not allow Messenger to run
Restart Messenger for the changes to take effect.

Note: This tweak is applicable to MSN Messenger 4.x, this restriction has been removed from version 5 of the software.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|PreventAutoRunREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|PreventRunREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client]
Value Name: PreventAutoRun, PreventRun
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = enable restriction, 0 = default)

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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: December 14, 2002