This mornings post is inspired by the lady who I sat next to yesterday on my flight cross country flight. It actually turned out to be a fun computer class at 38,000 ft. One of the questions she brought up is the fact that she does not use Windows Live Messenger (Which is a chat client for those who don’t know what the program is), yet every time she boots her pc the program opens. Once its opened, even if she clicks the X (top right) all that does is minimize the program (It doesn’t close it). Every program that is open takes up resources on a pc, doesn’t matter how small the program is, eventually if enough programs are open your pc will run out of resources and stop functioning properly. Imagine the pc resources being like seats in a car, eventually if you have a 5 seat car, and 6 people walk up for a ride. What do you do, either all squeeze into the car which is not safe (please always use seat belts) or find out who doesn’t have to go and let that person stay behind (just like closing a program).
So as promised during our flight, here is a simple write up on how to turn off WLM (NOTE: Depending on your version of Windows this program can also be called Microsoft or MSN Messenger). The following steps will only turn off the auto start up, it will NOT remove or delete the program from the pc, so even those who use the program may want to do this.
Look on the task bar (which is on the bottom right next to the clock usually). Locate the little “blue man” icon. (Example in pic below)
- Open Windows Live Messenger window by double clicking the icon. If you don’t have an account do NOT worry. Account to Windows Live Messenger NOT required to do this.
- On the window that opens (as seen below) look for and click on Options.
That’s it. From that point forward, Windows Live Messenger will not start during Windows boot up. When or if you wish to use Windows Live Messenger, all you will need to do is look at that start menu and click it from there.
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