No, you're not the only person.
It looks like you've already done your homework but just to be clear, it really depends on
your system and what applications you use if Windows Messenger will run in the background.
However, your best bet is just to remove Windows Messenger using the instructions below and
install Live Messenger (note: you can do this in any order you choose). Live Messenger will
work fine without it as just the three components already mentioned will not work within Live
Messenger and they will simply direct you to download Windows Messenger (which you can
reinstall on-demand whenever you like).
To uninstall Windows Messenger, click the Start button, then click Run and enter:
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
Then click OK.
Windows Messenger will then be uninstalled. For more detailed instructions and screenshots,
Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
Messenger Resources - http://www.yqcomputer.com/
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