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Windows Media Center comes up with Windows Messenger failure, though Messenger is installed and running. This seems to cause the program Guide to be Not Available. Norman

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Click Start>Run then copy this text into the run box and click OK:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

This will uninstall Windows messenger 4.7 from your machine.
This is Windows messenger and not MSN messenger, Windows messenger comes bundled with all versions of XP and is meant for LAN messenging (your personal network in your home or office, if you have one)

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