Ok, I thought the problem was solved, but it appears otherwise. Though not exactly a problem, I'm still curious about this: Whenever I use AIM, close it, and then go to OE, windows messenger opens again. (The only time it doesn't show up is between checking the use AIM as default messenger in the AIM options, click OK, and uncheck it again and starting AIM again.)
On the computer I'm using now, I first had MSN (which also included MSN messenger 6.2 besides the windows messenger that came preinstalled as part of Windows XP home edition) so I didn't need OE, then switched to comcast and used its web-based mail. Tired of signing in every time, I decided to give OE a try (all of the MSN software was still installed since I wasn't sure if I would need to switch back to MSN for certain reasons). I had never noticed any messenger icon appear in the system tray, neither windows messenger, MSN messenger, or AIM; although in the Tools menu in OE there had always been an "AOL Instant Messenger" section with options and sign on/off even though AIM was not selected as the default instant messenger.
Now that quite some time had passed and I'm pretty sure I won't be need the MSN software (and new versions are probably out by now anyway), I uninstalled the MSN browser and messenger.
It was after this that Windows messenger began appearing in the system tray, yet the Tools menu in OE still had options for AIM, which if clicked on opened the controls for Windows messenger. Does this happen usually?
Also, does OE always open a messenger program when it starts? I know there is an option for whether or not the messenger should sign the user in or not, but is there a way to not have any messenger program open at all?
And lastly, does Windows XP Home Edition come with any MSN internet software installed by default (MSN explorer or MSN messenger)?
Thanks in advance!
Going into add/remove programs -> windows components -> Windows messenger only removes Windows messenger from the start menu.
Edited by CelestialTeardrop, 10 August 2005 - 02:27 PM.