And honestly, that's not a bad idea considering support for Windows Live Mail 2012 is most likely waning.
Still, if you plan on sticking it out, you can go ahead and grab the required update from Microsoft.
With Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later, removing Windows Messenger from the start menu is simple.
Click Start, Control Panel, then Add or Remove Programs. Clear the check mark beside Windows Messenger, then click Next.
But more interestingly, here and here there’s hundreds of users complaining not only about the tactics of the installation but also about the buggy software and how this “update” has changed their preferences, lost their business contacts, lost functionality previsouly used in other software, etc.
This is wrong is so many levels that I’m still amazed that such a respectable company can get away with it.
In order to continue using Windows Live Mail 2012 to send and receive email for your account, you need to install the latest update published here.
Microsoft goes on to recommend that users on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 go ahead and make the switch to the built-in Mail app on each OS.
The first step to removing Windows Messenger in Windows XP is to make sure your version of Windows is up to date.So I open the WU console and look at the details of the “Important Update” and to my surprise its not an update at all but rather a bunch of new software which I don’t really want in the first place nor have already installed on my machine, so it doesn’t need updating.It seems Microsoft is reverting to using WU to push unwanted software, kinda like what adware, spyware and rogue software does.Fortunately, you can remove or uninstall Messenger in all versions of Windows XP, Vista and 7.Since Windows Messenger comes as part of the Windows XP operating system, it’s impossible to uninstall the program outright in the graphical user interface.