If you don’t want to automatically log in to Messenger when your computer boots up, then you should disable it. Fortunately, by learning how to disable Windows Live Messenger, you will still be able to log in when you need to. These instructions are for Windows 7.The Quick Way to Disable Windows Live Messenger
Disable Messenger Guide:
Go to “Tools” and choose Options. Choose Sign In at the left pane.
Remove the check mark next to “Automatically run Windows Messenger when I log on to my Windows.”
If you are sure you won’t use Messenger in the future, you can just uninstall it. Even though it doesn’t have a standalone uninstaller, you can still remove it without too much effort.
Step 1 :
Click the Start button and choose Control Panel.
Go to Programs and choose Uninstall a Program.
Go though the applications until you find Windows Live Essentials.
Head to the bar to the top and choose Uninstall/Change.
After the new window comes up, choose the Uninstall radio button. Pres continue.
Place a check on the Messenger checkbox and choose Continue. The un-installation process will now begin.
What are the Features of Live Messenger?
Aside from its basic functions and instant messaging, Messenger has a lot of other features built in. These include an album viewer. Inspired by Windows Photo Gallery, it allows users to share photos via Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Facebook. The album viewer also has a slideshow mode and can be viewed in full screen. The Messenger also lets a user show up as offline for specific contacts, while appearing online to other contacts.
Messenger also has full social network integration so you won’t have any problem connecting to LinkedIn, MySpace or Facebook. If you are in Messenger’s Full View your contact’s social contacts will be visible. When connected, you can share photos and post status updates inside Messenger. The program also imports connect service contacts and has full Facebook Chat integration.
The Messenger program allows you to send contacts messages even if they are offline. And once they come online they will get the message you sent. Also a user can begin conversations even if their status is set to appear offline.
Numerous applications and games are available for Messenger and they are accessible from the conversation window. Users just need to click the icon for games. Once there you can play the game or challenge your friends.
Windows Live Messenger is now part of Windows Live Essentials, a freeware suite from Microsoft that includes other programs. The suite includes security services, blog publishing, the photo-sharing, instant messaging and email. These programs are designed to work well with Outlook, SkyDrive and other Microsoft services.
The current version of Windows Live Essentials includes the following: Windows Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Live Writer, Messenger Mail, SkyDrive for Windows, Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Family Safety. Essentials 2012 is available for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. There are also versions for Windows Vista and XP.
Even though Messenger has many advanced features it is still pretty easy to use and as you can see it is very easy to disable or uninstall. Expect the program to become easier to use as new versions appear.