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MSN Instant Messenger Restrictions (All Windows) Popular

These restrictions are used to disable various features of the Microsoft MSN Instant Messenger client.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

For each restriction from the list below create a new DWORD value and set the value to "1" to enable the restriction.

  • DisableCollaborationApps
  • DisableFileTransfer
  • DisablePC2PCAudio
  • DisablePC2Phone
  • DisableVideo
  • PreventAutoUpdate
  • PreventBackgroundDownload
  • PreventConsumerVersion
Restart MSN Messenger for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DisableCollaborationAppsREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisableFileTransferREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisablePC2PCAudioREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisablePC2PhoneREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisableVideoREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|PreventAutoUpdateREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|PreventBackgroundDownloadREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|PreventConsumerVersionREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client]
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = enable restriction, 0 = default)

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Last modified: March 27, 2002