Windows Live Downloads

This article has been superseded by a later article (March 20, 2012)

Click Here –> Windows Live Downloads – Version 2 for updated information.

Summary:

  • Links to download the current version of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 applications/programs
  • Links to download  the  prior  version of  the Windows Live Essentials 2009 applications/programs
  • Links to download earlier versions (Windows Live Essentials 2008) are no longer available from Microsoft

Links:

  • Windows Live Essentials 2011  (for Windows 7, Vista SP2, and Windows Server 2008 Sp2 R2)

Direct download to Microsoft server for the installer executable file
Full Version Installer  – English Language version
http://g.live.com/1rewlive4-all/en/wlsetup-all.exe
Web Version Installer – English Language Version
http://g.live.com/1rewlive4-web/en/wlsetup-web.exe

Note: Direct download links above are for the English language installer. For a different country replace the ‘en’ with the local language code.

Microsoft Windows Live Web Site (web  version installer)
   http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials
Microsoft Windows Live Worldwide Downloads(web version installer)
http://explore.live.com/worldwide-downloads

Microsoft Download Center(web version installer)
   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=59fbc955-a9cc-4fb1-84dc-db88e9882ed3

System Requirements (2011 version)  – suggested reading
http://explore.live.com/windows-live-2011-system-requirements
Note: Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 require the respective o/s Platform Update

  • Windows Live Essentials 2009  (for XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008)

Direct download to Microsoft server for the installer executable file
Full Version Installer English Language version
http://g.live.com/1rewlive3/en/wlsetup-all.exe
Web Version Installer – English Language Version
http://g.live.com/1rewlive3/en/wlsetup-web.exe

Note: Direct download links above are for the English language installer. For a different country replace the ‘en’ with the local language code.

 Microsoft Windows Live Web Site links(web version installer)
    http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-xp

Microsoft Download Center(web version installer)
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=00ed0c6b-152f-49eb-88c8-278267802f57

 System Requirements (2009 Version)  – suggested reading
http://explore.live.com/windows-live-system-requirements

Comments:

  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Wave 4)

1. Initial Version RTW released Sept 30, 2010

– Build Number 15.4.3502.0922

– c.f. Windows Live Essentials 2011 available for download)

2. QFE1 Version RTW released Dec 1, 2010

– Build Number 15.4.3508.1109 ( Windows Live Mesh & Family Safety not updated)

– no GUI changes, no official notice available on Windows Live Team site

  • Windows Live Essentials 2009 (Wave 3)

1. Last/Final version (QFE3) was released May 12, 2010   (c.f. WLE 2009 Version Build Numbers)

2. QFE3 is the last planned update for Windows Live Essentials 2009 (Wave 3)

3. Last version to support Windows XP

4. Support for the 2009 version will continue for the ‘foreseeable future’

5. The ‘foreseeable future’ does not mean ‘in perpetuity’; XPSp3 Extended Support ends Apr. 2014

6. The ‘foreseeable future’ may not mean until the end of XPSp3 Extended Support(i.e. Plan ahead)

Revisions:

Jan 7, 2009: Original Publish Date

Aug 15, 2009: Added link for 2009 Web Version installers available on Microsoft Download

Mar 12, 2010:  Updated to clarify discontinued availability of Windows Live Essentials 2008 versions

Sept 30, 2010: Added links for 2011 RTW Full and Web version installers (draft version)

Oct 31, 2010: Added System Requirements links for 2011 and 2009 versions(draft version)

Dec 22, 2010: Added Comments for Version(s) 2011 and 2009; Republished

March 20, 2012: Added comment regarding supercession by later blog article

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