Windows Live Downloads – Version 2

Summary:

  • Links to download the current version (now called) Windows Essentials 2012 applications/programs
  • Links to download the 2011 version of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 applications/programs
  • Links to download the 2009 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 Essentials 2012 (note name change)
    • Download Links for 2012 is the QFE2 build released May 2013
    • System Requirements and Release Notes for 2012 (suggested reading)
  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 
    • Download links for 2011 are for build QFE3 released March 2012
  • Windows Live Essentials 2009
  • Download links for 2009 are for build QFE3 released May 2010

Direct download to Microsoft server for the installer executable file

Full version 2012 installer
http://g.live.com/1rewlive5-all/en/wlsetup-all.exe

Web Version 2012 Installer – English Language Version
http://g.live.com/1rewlive5-web/en/wlsetup-web.exe

Full Version 2011 Installer – English Language version
http://g.live.com/1rewlive4-all/en/wlsetup-all.exe

Web Version 2011 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 for 2012)

http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials

Microsoft Windows Live Worldwide Downloads(web version installer for 2012)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/download-windows-essentials

System Requirements (2012 version) -suggested reading
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/Windows-Essentials-2012-system-requirements

Release Notes (2012 version)  – suggested reading
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/essentials-2012-release-notes

Older version (2009):

Windows Live Essentials 2009  (Earlier version still available primarily for Windows XP  and Server 2008 compatibility (not recommended for use on Vista or Windows 7 since it may prompt for mandatory upgrade to 2011 version)

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.

 

Comments:

Windows Essentials 2012

1. Initial version released August 7, 2012 (Build 16.4.3503.0728);

2. QFE1 version released Sept 27, 2012 (Build 16.4.3505.0912)

3. QFE2 version released May 14, 2013 (Build 16.4.3508.0205)

4. Does not include Live Mesh (Sky Drive Desktop app replaces Live Mesh)

5. Will remove Live Mesh if installed

6. Will remove Messenger Companion if installed

7. Photo Gallery and Movie Maker rebranded as Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker. No change in branding to the names for Windows Live applications (Mail, Messenger, and Writer)

8. Update  primarily for Photo Gallery and Movie Maker (both programs install as one package)

9. Windows Update KB 2741355 is a pre-requisite for DirectX 9 support in Movie Maker on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 systems.

10. Windows Live Messenger deprecated (as of April 2013 for all locations except mainland China) but remains included in the installer.  Windows Live Messenger has been replaced by Skype.

If Messenger is installed then after first use a prompt to upgrade to a ‘new version’ of Messenger will appear. The ‘new version’ is Skype.  Thereafter Messenger will cease to function (logon failure, won’t/cease to open)

Upgrading to Skype will uninstall Messenger. Messenger can also be uninstalled manually via the Control Panel (Programs and Features/Windows Essentials 2012)

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 and Family Safety not updated)

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

– Full and Web Installers did not require/receive a build number update

3. QFE2 Version RTW released July 7, 2011

– Build Number 15.4.3538.513  (Installer) – See #5 below for link to build number by program

– Windows Live  Team QFE2 update notification and overview  of  changes

4. QFE3 version RTW released on March 20, 2012

– Build Number 15.4.3555.308  (Installer) – See #5 below for link to build number by program

– Windows Team QFE3 update notification (additional details not available at this time)

5. Windows Live Essentials 2011 Version/Build Numbers – itemized list for each individual program

6.  Note: Windows Live Messenger deprecated April 2013 (logon failure, won’t open, uninstall via Control Panel/Programs and Features)

 

Windows Live Essentials 2009 (Wave 3)

1. Last/Final 2009 version (QFE3) was released May 12, 2010

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)

7. Windows Live Essentials 2009 Version/Build Numbers

8. Note: Windows Live Messenger deprecated as of April 2013 (logon failure, won’t open, uninstall via the Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs)

Revisions:

March 20, 2012: Original Publish Date

March 26, 2012:  Revised title and published as new blog entry to supersede (not replace) earlier searchable entry.

August 7, 2012: Updated to include information on release of Windows Essentials 2012

October 7, 2012: Updated for Windows Essentials 2012 QFE1;  Added noted for Movie Maker/DirectX 9 support on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB 2741355 pre-requisite)

May 15, 2013: Updated for Windows Essentials 2012 QFE2; Added comment on Messenger deprecation and necessary upgrade/replacement by Skype.

Oct 13, 2013: Removed obsolete links; updated content for current status

 

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