How-to: Disable Windows Live Messenger

Upon installing the Windows Live Essentials package, you usually also get the Windows Live Messenger. Even if you don’t use it for chatting with friends, it keeps starting up every time you start your computer. The solution: disable Messenger’s auto-start.

To prevent Messenger from starting automatically at boot time, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messenger sign-in window.
  2. Click the Options link.
  3. On the left side, switch to the Sign in section.
  4. Make sure to uncheck the Start Messenger when I log on to my computer.
  5. Click OK to save your settings.

Live Messenger: Turn off automatic start-up