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Disable Windows XP MSN Passport Registration Nagging

Can I stop Windows XP from bugging me about creating an MSN Passport?

Windows XP can drive you nuts with the idiotic Passport reminder balloon.

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123456. Qwerty. Iloveyou. No, these are not exercises for people who are brand new to typing. Shockingly, they are among the most common passwords that end users choose in 2021. Research has found that the average business user must manually type out, or copy/paste, the credentials to 154 websites per month. We repeatedly got one question that surprised us: “Why would I ever trust a third party with control of my network?

You can do what it wants you to do – register with MSN, or, if you don’t want to, you can easily disable it:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Locate the following key in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MessengerService
  1. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:

Value Name: PassportBalloon Value Type: REG_BINARY Data: 0a (hexadecimal)

Note: 0a as in “zero a” not “oh a”…

  1. Close the registry editor.

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