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Hi All :)

While installing an old copy of Corel Word, it also installed an Inbox on my desktop. :) I think this is Microsoft Messenger.

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of it. It doesn't show up in msconfig's startup listing and I can't find the "exe" file which launches it. Clicking on "properties" only launches it.

OS = Windows 98 SE

Thanks in anticipation .... :tazz:
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Is it Microsoft Messenger that you want to remove? If so you can do this from Control Panel > Add/Remove.
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Thanks for the interest. I eventually solved the problem but just for your own interest (in case someone else has this problem) here is more info:

The program is called Windows Messaging 4.0 for Windows 95
It is used to send messages on a network

1. There is no "delete" available when right-clicking on the icon
2. It can't be dragged to the Recycle Bin (just pops back to where it was)
3. There is nothing in the ADD/REMOVE listings
4. A search of my HD only shows my Outlook Express "Inbox"
5. Like "My Computer" nothing appears in C:\Windows\Desktop

I can't access the "properties" of this icon - it launches a program window when I "right-click" on the icon and select "properties"

It was installed by an old version of WordPerfect I found on a CD that came an old PC. It was in a folder named "Corel" and I thought it might be a CorelDraw program.

I started it's "Setup.exe" but it said that it needed to install a Microsoft program (I can't remember if it specified "M$ Messenger") I just clicked OK and it installed - from some cab file on my hard disk. However I aborted the installation when I realized that it was a WordPerfect program and not a CorelDraw program.

It was Corel WordPerfect Suite 8

According to this article at

http://vlaurie.com/c...s/messenger.htm

it can only be removed in XP not W98 :)

The Solution

Sometimes the answers right there in front of one but because it's so obvious, it's not seen!

OK ... here's what I finally did

1. from [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
Desktop\NameSpace]
delete the entry {00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} This removes the "Inbox" icon from the desktop.

2. Go to c:\programs\windows messaging ... and delete the folder. This removes the program.

3. Run a registry repair program (I have Registry Mechanic) to get rid of any issues as a result of (2) above.

Sorry I didn't find that folder earlier - and that I put everyone to all this trouble. :) Never-the-less, I learned from all you.

Thank You - Consider this problem solved.
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Update 17 October 2006
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Thanks to an alert from Wendy M, I found another icon called "Mail" in my Control Panel which is also connected to the Windows Messaging install.

I removed that too by deleting the file C:\Windows\System\MLCFG32.CPL

Thanks Wendy! :tazz:

Edited by jadag, 17 October 2005 - 08:32 AM.

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Thanks for the comprehensive feedback :tazz:
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Please see the update on my post:

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Update 17 October 2006
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Thanks to an alert from Wendy M, I found another icon called "Mail" in my Control Panel which is also connected to the Windows Messaging install.

I removed that too by deleting the file C:\Windows\System\MLCFG32.CPL

Thanks Wendy!
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