I've recently done a clean install of Windows XP and installed all the drivers, critical updates, and standard programs in the faithful and trusted manner. I go to Windows update and get every thing the list until I have no more to grab. After that, I run it for a while, do some tweaks, then ghost the drive. Cool.
Problem: I begin installing my other not so standard programs which includes MSN Messenger. I go straight to MSN's site and download the latest version (6.2 as of this posting) and install it. Now, every time I go back to Windows Update and there sets "MSN messenger 4.7" sticking out like a sore thumb.
Click here to see the screenshot of the bastard!
I didn't download it and mearly ignored it. But upon trying to initiate a voice conversation, it told me I needed to install MSN messenger 4.7 and it sent me to a link to start the process. So, I stop it and just deal with it. In the same chat, I have my bud start the remote assistance through MSN so I can help him through a Firewall setup. Again, it tries to tell me that I need to install MSN 4.7! So, I do it this time and it installs v4.7.
After that, both 4.7 and 6.2 start with two separate entities in my taskbar. Not only that, but there's two MSN based entries in my MSCONFIG/startup. Sixpointtwo appears in there and in my processes as msnmsgr.exe, and v4.7 is msnmsgs.exe. Not only that, but 6.2 has a folder in "My Programs" named "MSN Messenger" and 4.7 has a folder simply named "Messenger". That gets old quick! 6.2 logs in on start up, the 4.7 makes the sign-in attempt and gives me the "you are logged out because you are already signed in" type message. So...
4.7 does not appear in my add/remove programs list, so I delete the file and yank it completely out of my msconfig/startup (including it's resident reg file entry in HKLM/software/Microsoft/shared tools/msconfig/starupfolder to get the blank entry out of MSCONFIG/Startup) so it's gone as much as I care to get it.
So, here we are today and it's the only thing still on windows update. It now works for Voicechat and other basic MSN Messenger type uses, but I hate that it's still up in my Update list. I confirmed this with my buddy and he said it's in his list too. WTF is this? Should I install it again and just keep it from trying to log on or appear in my taskbar?
Most importantly, Does anyone have any idea why a version 6.2 piece of software needs to update to an older 4.7 version? MSN needs a dictionary :p