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Monday, November 03, 2008

How to easily UnInstall Windows Live Messenger 2009 Beta

I do agree that Beta softwares have very limited support and can even corrupt your system. But little did I ever imagine that Microsoft would ship out a Beta release of Windows Live Messenger without an Uninstaller!! Yes - the latest Windows Live Messenger 2009 Beta comes without an UnInstaller.

For some strange reason, after installing the Windows Live Messenger 2009 Beta - I was getting an error called 8000ffff - I tried many solutions posted online but in vain. Finally, I felt my Messenger 8.1 was much better and there my hunt for the uninstaller began. I searched high and low but in vain.

Finally, I found an easy method to Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2009 Beta. Goto Start > Run and type the following command and press enter - this starts the uninstaller.

msiexec /x {B1403D7D-C725-4858-AACC-7E5FA2D72859}

How funny?

Btw, for the other Live Beta softwares - here are the codes to uninstall.

To UnInstall Windows Live Mail Beta Easily
msiexec /x {DFD6935E-D94A-4DBE-AD8F-E37CBC6B577F}

To UnInstall Windows Live Toolbar Beta Easily
msiexec /x {5524A0D4-F826-4961-9B53-EFF6C615251B}

To UnInstall Windows Live Writer Beta Easily
msiexec /x {AC5568AB-C3E3-490E-BE40-50977C12288D}

To Uninstall Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta Easily
msiexec /x {F6D0986F-D9A8-479B-A80F-61D53CDF65BA}

To Uninstall Windows Live Family Safety Beta Easily
msiexec /x {3491D278-AF52-4A0E-A1F5-D1A57B4F2222}


  1. Thanks a lot. Great info.

    on 11/04/2008 11:50 AM

  2. Anonymous said,

    thank you veeeeeeery much. i was beginning to hate messenger

    on 12/12/2008 11:31 PM

  3. Anonymous said,

    thanks a lot

    on 12/12/2008 11:32 PM

  4. Anonymous said,

    Merci beaucoup ! I can't believe that. Thx for your help dude.

    on 12/13/2008 3:41 AM

  5. Anonymous said,

    you are great...

    on 12/16/2008 9:01 AM

  6. Anonymous said,

    When I try your method it says "This action is only valid for products that are currently installed" :S

    on 1/21/2009 4:47 AM

  7. Jason S said,

    This message "This action is only valid for products that are currently installed" comes if you don't have Messenger 2009 installed in the first place :)

    on 1/21/2009 9:10 AM

  8. Anonymous said,

    I do have messenger 2009 installed. And it says the same: "This action is only valid for products that are currently installed"

    Messenger 2009 sucks

    on 1/24/2009 11:56 PM

  9. Anonymous said,

    hi i used the code which you provided to uninstall the new messenger i decided to do this because it wouldent let me log in at all so i entered the command and it keeps coming up with the"This action is only valid for products that are currently installed" message but the program is still installed and sat there with an evil grin can anyone help me as i use messenger a lot for projects and these online messengers dont feel as good as the orginal

    on 1/25/2009 3:33 AM

  10. Anonymous said,

    i've got a bigger problem :( this beta version of 2009 is on my computer but is not standing in my software list . there is no windows live messenger standing in my software list so i cant delete it even withthis code i'm in big trouble :( can someone help me?

    on 1/29/2009 5:55 PM

  11. Jason S said,

    Hi Dennis,

    This code is specifically to help you in a situation as yours.

    Use the code as

    msiexec /x {B1403D7D-C725-4858-AACC-7E5FA2D72859}


    on 1/29/2009 6:06 PM

  12. Anonymous said,

    "When I try your method it says "This action is only valid for products that are currently installed""

    I was having the same problem with the above code. I used this one instead and it uninstalled messenger just fine:

    msiexec /x {0AAA9C97-74D4-47CE-B089-0B147EF3553C}

    Hope this helps.

    Take care, and all the best !

    on 2/12/2009 9:55 PM

  13. Anonymous said,

    I used this one because I got the same errors and this time it worked!

    on 3/01/2009 11:12 PM

  14. Anonymous said,

    oh my god, it keeps saying i don't have it installed but the windows live messenger still opens & it's still on my programs, i can't get rid of it, I've been trying since 7 yesterday, please help me!

    on 3/10/2009 11:51 PM

  15. Anonymous said,

    this worked for me ;) msiexec /x {0AAA9C97-74D4-47CE-B089-0B147EF3553C}
    thanks to lighting-strike !!

    on 3/13/2009 11:56 AM

  16. Anonymous said,

    Everytime i try the code it comes up with "This action is only valid for products that are currently installed", please help me. I just want messenger gone from my computer.

    on 3/15/2009 12:11 PM

  17. Anonymous said,

    hi..i goto start > run > .. but can u tell me what should i type in "run" there?

    on 3/16/2009 10:15 AM

  18. Jason S said,

    type in

    msiexec /x {B1403D7D-C725-4858-AACC-7E5FA2D72859}

    and hit enter. If it doesn't work - enter one of the other codes as given by our readers above.


    on 3/16/2009 10:46 AM

  19. Unknown said,

    This worked for me:
    (Windows Live Messenger 2009, not beta)

    msiexec /x {059C042E-796A-4ACC-A81A-ECC2010BB78C}

    on 3/19/2009 4:33 AM

  20. Anonymous said,

    Thanks sooo much.. After searching and even requesting help from msn-support regarding problems with my messenger I eventually discovered this site. Your site is a blessing I had Windows Live Messenger 2009 - not beta - installed and this removed it..

    msiexec /x {0AAA9C97-74D4-47CE-B089-0B147EF3553C}

    on 3/28/2009 2:21 AM

  21. Anonymous said,

    what about, if i want to install an older version after this? it always shows, "i got a newer version, its not possible to install this one"
    what to do then? :(

    on 3/28/2009 3:04 PM

  22. Jason S said,

    uninstall the newer version one and install the older version.

    You cannot have two versions of Messenger on the same machine.


    on 3/30/2009 9:55 AM

  23. Anonymous said,

    I used one of the codes from one of the readers... strike you are a genius thank god I found this v.v

    on 4/16/2009 11:27 PM

  24. Cheenu said,

    thanks a lot Jason.
    msiexec /x {0AAA9C97-74D4-47CE-B089-0B147EF3553C} did the trick for me in uninstalling the messenger

    Hats off !


    on 4/21/2009 6:45 PM

  25. Anonymous said,

    thanks Jason, it had been annoying a lot but has been a relief now. thanks again....

    on 5/08/2009 9:32 PM

  26. Anonymous said,

    I have Windows messenger version 4.7.3001 and I can't remove it either. Someone pleaseeee help me.

    on 5/15/2009 5:17 AM

  27. Anonymous said,

    Hi. I tried all the codes above and none of them are doing it for me. Windows Live Messanger is causing alot of probelems for me. My computer is constantly crashing when I log into my computer. After a few seconed of logging in and sometimes even before it crashes and I get a blue screen error saying STOP: 0x0000008E. When I type in these codes i'm always getting a message saying The Windows Installer Acces could not be accessed This can occour if the Windows installer service is not correctly installed. I'm begining to think its because I'm on Safe Mode with my computer and it has dissabled it. If this is the case, how can I log in normaly without my computer crashing?

    on 5/20/2009 11:28 PM

  28. Jason S said,


    Login into Safe Mode and try to analyze why your machine is crashing. From what I can infer is it should be some Virus attack. I really doubt your computer crashing has something to do with the messenger.

    Try to get a virus scan done on your hard disk.


    on 5/21/2009 8:58 AM

  29. jeremy said,

    thanks for the link Jason!!

    i've narrowed it down to only Photo Gallery and Writer. the registry links posted above say they aren't installed.. any other keys to try for these two? i tried combing the registry and nothing came up.

    on 6/29/2009 12:43 PM

  30. Sassy Lacey said,

    Thank you!!! It worked! WTF is wrong with MS anyway to send that out with no uninstaller! Ugh. 'bout ready to buy a MAC!

    on 7/15/2009 12:19 AM

  31. Anonymous said,

    thanks a lot...cheers !!!

    on 8/06/2009 11:05 PM

  32. Anonymous said,

    thanks! when my messenger didn't work, i downloaded this and i restarted my computer and my messenger worked!! thanks sooo much!!

    on 8/08/2009 8:57 PM

  33. Anonymous said,


    I just installed the newer version of MSN and it is not what i expected. Can you please help me to remove it. I tried all the codes given in your site and I m having the message
    " the action is only valid for the products they are currently installed " but I used MSN Messnger from MSN site today.

    Please help me to get rid of this worst softrware i ve ever used.

    on 9/16/2009 6:35 PM

  34. Anonymous said,

    i was facing this problem and i found a method to remove live messenger

    this is what i did

    i open regedit
    clicked on HKLM (LOCAL MACHINE)
    clicked on software
    clicked on microsoft
    clicked on windows live
    clicked on messenger

    this is where u need to copy the code of MSI of ur product

    it would be like this

    copy this and come at run comand

    paste this it with this comand

    msiexec /x {A85FD55B-891B-4314-97A5-EA96C0BD80B5}

    i hope i will work or u can find ur product msi code and paste it with msiexe /x

    thats alll

    on 10/01/2009 3:35 PM

  35. vava said,

    Can someone help me on removing the upgrade of Windows Live Messenger 2009 MSN , there is no uninstall, I can't remove this...this is horrible, i tried calling microsoft i get this uncompetente african agent OMG... thats another story....does anyone know there toll free number with a english speaking agent..HELP

    on 11/08/2009 12:28 AM

  36. Anonymous said,

    iv got a brand new laptop but im not sure what windows vista it has, iv got the newest windows live messenger and i wont let me unistall it, i was goin to write the code in but when i click start, there isnt a run?

    on 11/17/2009 9:54 PM

  37. Anonymous said,


    In Windows Vista - when u click the "Windows Orb" (Left Bottom Corner) - you will get a text box where you can type - type Run there and you will find it.

    on 11/18/2009 8:58 AM

  38. mimmi said,

    if you get the "this action is only valid for products that are currently installed" message, try using this replace the curly brackets with this one!


    it workz for me :)

    on 2/24/2010 9:19 PM