How to Uninstall Windows Live Messenger Completely

Windows Live Messenger is an instant messaging application from Microsoft which used to be more popular with name MSN Messenger. As an Instant Messaging application, Windows Live Messenger is losing from Yahoo Messenger or Skype now in some countries. Therefore some people want to remove the Windows Live Messenger 2011 application from their computer because they rarely use Windows Live Messenger

Here I will give manual guide to uninstall Windows Live Messenger completely from your computer. This will be really helpful if you have problem with Messenger which can’t be uninstalled normally.

How to Uninstall Windows Live Messenger completely :

Windows XP

  • Click Start, Settings, Control Panel.
  • Click on Add or Remove Programs.
  • Select Windows Live Essentials, then click of uninstall

Windows Vista / Windows 7

  • Go to Control Panel.
  • Click on Programs and Features.
  • Select Windows Live Essentials, then click of uninstall

   Next :

  • In the Windows Live window, select Uninstall radio button and click Continue button
  • Then it will give you an option to Remove all the Windows Live Programs like Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer etc.
  • User will be asked to select the programs that he or she wants to uninstall. Make a tick on the check box for Messenger, and click Continue button.

  • Windows Live Messenger is uninstalled.

Next, after finish uninstalling Windows Live Messenger, download and install the CCleaner program. After installing run the CCleaner program.

  • Click on “Run Cleaner” to make sure all “Temp Files” removed
  • Now we have to remove the Contact cache folders located under Application Data folder for that go to Start under search type in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\ and Hit Enter and Delete the Windows Live Contacts folder.

  • Now we have to delete few left over keys in Registry make sure you make a backup of the Registry.
  • Now go to Start and under search type in Regedit and press enter.
  • If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.
  • In regedit, navigate to each location below.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live and Delete Messenger folder
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft and Delete MSNMessenger
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft and Delete MSNMessenger
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Communications Clients and Delete Shared
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft and Delete IdentityCRL
  • Now reboot your computer

There is the entire tutorial to remove Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger) completely from your computer. For you who still have problem to uninstall Windows Live Messenger, hopefully the manual above will help you solve your problem.

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Hi, I'm Diego and I enjoy writing tutorials and guides on anything internet related.

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  1. Johhny Mann September 4, 2012

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