Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run

This policy setting allows you to prevent Windows Messenger from running. If you enable this policy setting Windows Messenger does not run. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting Windows Messenger can be used. Note: If you enable this policy setting Remote Assistance also cannot use Windows Messenger. Note: This policy setting is available under both Computer Configuration and User Configuration. If both are present the Computer Configuration version of this policy setting takes precedence.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Messenger -> Client # PreventRun

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Messenger


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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