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New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

juliasdream
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Registered: 09-06-2007

New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

I don't know how my Windows Live messenger updated itself but it did so without giving me a choice.
I find it very imposing taking up half of my screen instear of the little box I could keep to one side.
There doesn't appear ro be any way to customize it.
I tried deleting it and installing an earlier version but that suddenly disappeared one day and back came the new one again
Has anyone any ideas on how to get msn back to the way I want it and NOT the way Microsof wands it to dominate my screen?
Thanks
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Denzil
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

I don't use messenger so can't comment on whether it can be customised. It probably updated itself because you have windows updates set to "Install updates automatically". I like to set mine to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them". You could try reinstalling the old version again and then not let it install the new one.
matt_2k34
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

it is indeed, "Windows live essentials 2011" is provided by Windows Update.
you can uninstall this the same way as uninstalling an update, then do a check, then HIDE the update (and it wont show up to download it)
i am currently still using the "old" one, which still allows 1-way webcams. (I dont want to video call)
Mattz0r
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

Quote from: Matt_2k34
i am currently still using the "old" one, which still allows 1-way webcams. (I dont want to video call)

I want that one!!
pierre_pierre
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

I have Win7 and it download essentials 2011 - somwhere, I dont want any of its rubbish, so didnt let it install, where is the rather large download stored so I can rubbish it?
Steve
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

@Pierre-Pierre try this...http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/77761-programs-features-uninstall-change-program.html?filter
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
pierre_pierre
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

I havnt installed it, just it says it downloaded 150M of rubbish and it is sitting waiting to install
Steve
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

Just hide the update then I think and Ignore It, Wont get your bandwidth back on the waste though.
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

That's why I have mine set to ask before downloading  Grin
Steve
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

Yeah make sure you change your update setting's while your their  to " check for updates but let me choose when to download and Install them for I am the master of my pc not you "
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
pierre_pierre
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

seems others are moaning
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How to: Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

OnSoftware - Elena Santos - 9 hours ago
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Windows Live Messenger 2011 Extends IM Into Social Networks

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If Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger 2011 (free) is any indication, ... Windows Live Messenger is also part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite. ...
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

Just to clarify, if you already run one of the Windows Live programs on your computer (and by "run" I mean have it installed on your computer, whether you use it or not) then Microsoft Update will try to foist the 2011 version on to you without a 'by your leave'.  To avoid this you need to either hide that particular update or turn off Microsoft Updates and revert to Windows Updates.
If you don't run any Windows Live programs Microsoft will try to tempt you by presenting this as an optional "update" but they won't force it on you.  
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

I've got at least one component of Windows Live and I've only been offered the 2011 version as "optional"........ Cool
juliasdream
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

Thanks to all who gave advice
I removed everything from windows live
The next problem was where to get an old version to replace it with
In my google search I found many misleading download sites which only tried to get you to download their own rubbish
Heres one I found that looks promising. Not only for msn but for many other programs too
http://www.oldversion.com/
I like their slogan: OldVersion.com BecauseNewerIsNotAlwaysBetter
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Re: New MSN is very imposing. How can I change it

Quote from: juliasdream
Heres one I found that looks promising. Not only for msn but for many other programs too
http://www.oldversion.com/
I like their slogan: OldVersion.com BecauseNewerIsNotAlwaysBetter

The only problem is it's out of date!  I looked up AVG and they say the current version is 7.5 so their old versions are 7.0.  How long ago was that?