Disable autostart of Windows Live Messenger

After installing Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7, it is set to auto run at the Windows logon. For those people who use it alot it may be a nice thing but for other who do not use it or rarely use it, it stays in your system tray consuming your RAM and internet bandwidth. This article discusses, how you can disable Windows Live Messenger from starting up at Windows logon.

  1. Open Windows Live Messenger main window. Press Alt key once, it would make the File menu visible.
  2. From the File menu, choose Tools → Options… to open the Options dialog.

  3. In the options dialog, select Sign in on the left. Then un-check the checkbox labeled Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows.

  4. Click OK button to save the settings.