I am supporting a few offices across the country running Windows XP. They are stand alone, no Windows Server or Active Directory, anything like that. I just switched them over to Google Apps, and in the process replaced Windows Live Messenger with Google Talk. I really want to stop Windows Live from being used, the platform sends so much spam and seems to have a lot of holes. I have tested making a registry edit to
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun Adding a string value named 1 with the data set to msnmsgr.exe. I did it maually on one machine, and it worked, under both profiles, it wouldn't start Messenger. After my success, I wrote a .REG file thusly:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun] "msnmsgr.exe"="1"
And a batch file, run from the same directory, written like this:
@ECHO off REGEDIT.EXE /S msn.reg
It seems to write to the registry, but Live is starting. No idea what's happening. I also tried going into the group policy editor and trying to list it under software restriction policies; but I have no restrictions defined, and it says go to the Action menu and click Create New Policies. When I click the action menu, GPEDIT.msc crashes. I don't know what to do.
Any help would be greatly appricated
Thanks in advance for any assistance.