Usually there should not be any need for a guide on how to uninstall Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft's instant messenger, as it can be uninstalled just like any other software in Windows. Users who want to uninstall Windows Live Messenger can do so the following (standard) way.
Click the start orb in the Windows taskbar and type in programs and features in the search form, or click on Control Panel and then Programs and Features. This displays a list of installed programs. Locate Windows Live Essentials, right-click it and selected Uninstall / Change from the program list.
Why Windows Live Essentials (or the recent Windows Live Essentials 2011 which is currently the latest iteration of the messenger) and not Windows Live Messenger? Because Windows Live Messenger is part of Live Essentials.
The click on Uninstall / Remove spawns the uninstall or repair Windows Live programs window. Select remove one or more Windows Live programs.
This displays a list of all Windows Live programs that are installed on the computer system. Place a checkmark in Messenger, which is Windows live Messenger and click the Uninstall button afterwards.
This displays a uninstalling programs progress window. Press close once the operation is finished. This should have removed Windows Live Messenger from the system.
There are however cases where users report that they cannot uninstall Windows Live Messenger using the Windows Live uninstaller.
Those users can download the free program WLMUninstaller to try and remove Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger from a computer. The program has not been updated for a while, and it may be that it does not work anymore with Windows Live Messenger 2011. This should therefor only be used as a last resort if the standard uninstallation of Windows Live Messenger does not complete successfully.Advertisement
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