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Disable Certain default XP Applications

Sometimes when setting up computer workstations for company employees and / or family members, you might not want certain default XP applications to be accessible. In this tutorial I will show you how to disable the features Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, and MSN Instant Messenger.  Keep in mind that this process does not technically remove these applications but it makes them not available.

Click on Start Run type in Control Panel and hit enter.

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Now double click on Add / Remove Programs and in the resulting screen click on Add / Remove Windows Components.

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In this screen you want to scroll down through the list of available Windows Components and uncheck the items you wish to uninstall.  Another one to get rid of is MSN Explorer which is one of the first items at the top of the list.  When your finished click Next.

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You will see the progress bar while the items are removed and when everything is done you will get the Completion Wizard Screen.  Just click Finish and your done.

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  • Published 04/23/08

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