Because Windows 8 apps have to work in different ways on the Windows 8 Desktop and on the Modern UI, there can be some duplication. If the messaging app, for instance, is duplicating messages from your existing Windows Messenger app, our Helproom Editor can show you what to do.

QUESTION How do I stop the Windows 8 built in messaging app from putting notifications on my screen. I want to use the old windows messenger client, but now I'm getting duplicate messages in the form of pop-ups from the built-in app.

HELPROOM ANSWER To stop the pop-ups from the built-in app, go to the Start screen and start up the Messaging app by clicking on its tile. Now bring up the Charms and select Settings, then Permissions. Here you can disable the notifications function. Once you've done this, the app will no-longer send you the pop-up messages and you can use the classic messenger app uninterrupted.

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For more on the changes in Windows 8 and how to use them visit Windows 8 Advisor. For detailed advice on installing Windows 8 Release Preview, read our article: How to install Windows 8.

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