Windows Essentials 2012– Installer File Officially Removed from Microsoft Servers

Summary:  Microsoft officially removed the ability to download the Windows Essentials 2012 Full Version installer file from their servers.

 

Comments:

  • Last week Microsoft officially discontinued the ability for end-users to obtain(download) the Full version installation file for Windows Essentials 2012. (The web version installer was removed some time ago)
  • The removal of the installer file has been expected since Microsoft ended all support for Windows Essentials 2012 in January 10, 2017.   Windows Live Essentials 2011 and 2009 installer files were removed and ceased support quite some time ago.
        • End of support means no further updates(patches/fixes/compatibility), no security updates, no Junk Mail filter updates, and no support for use on current Microsoft supported operating systems(Windows 7/8.1/10)
  • The Windows Essential 2012 installer file may be available from other avenues(friends, third party sources) though caution is warranted from obtaining installation files from outside sources.
          • [Editor note: Not recommended and proceed at your own risk]
  • It would be prudent, if still using a Windows Essentials 2012 products(Mail, PhotoGallery/Movie Maker, Writer) to consider investigating and/or switching to an alternative program for your computing needs and experience.
        • Continued use of Photo Gallery(which is primarily a Photo Viewing application with some editing capability) may be acceptable from a risk standpoint
        • Open Live Writer, compliments of Microsoft, a replacement for Writer remains available as an open source program and has been since 2015
        • Windows Live Mail and its continued use as a mail/news client is feasible but do note that no future security updates will ever be released for the product(nor have any been released for some time) or definition updates for its built-in Junk Mail filter thus always practice safe computing when opening/previewing email and ensure a resident Anti-virus/Anti-malware client is running on your chosen operating system(e.g. Windows Defender on Windows 10)
  • It would also be a good idea to consider archiving any important data to an external source outside of Windows Essential application programs(e.g. email messages and Contacts exported/backed-up to an external thumb or hard drive).
  • FYI – The Windows Essentials suite of products (fka Windows Live Essentials) had a lifespan of just short of 10 years(first released in May 2007 as ‘Windows Live Installer’ comprising of the unified(web based) installers for Messenger, Mail, and Writer)

 

Revisions:

March 24, 2017: Initial Draft Date

March 26, 2017: Initial Publish Date

Windows Essentials 2012 – Download (Last Chance)

Summary:  Windows Essentials 2012 Download Full Version Installer – Possibly Last Chance before being removed from the Microsoft Server

Note:  This Blog entry is now obsolete – Windows Essentials 2012 installer files are no longer available from Microsoft. 

For additional and later information see this ===>> Blog article

 

Comments:

  • Windows Essentials 2012 includes Windows Live Mail 2012, Photo Gallery/Movie Maker, and Windows Live Writer 2012
  • Ever since Windows 8.0 was released the possibility of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite of products no longer being available and/or not supported has been a valid concern.
  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 and 2009 Full and unified web version installers are no longer available from Microsoft web site and servers.  Windows Live Essentials 2011 and 2009 are no longer supported products.
  • Windows Essentials 2012 Full version installer remains available on the Microsoft server (How long = unknown)
  • If using one of more of the Widows Essentials 2012 suite of products, it is highly recommended to download the Full version installer for archive purposes in the event a reinstallation is necessary, clean installation on a new or different pc, and/or backup requirements.
  • It is safe to assume that Windows Essentials 2012 will not be supported in the future.  End of support does not always mean, no longer capable of being used but it does usually mean end of availability to obtain its installer files.

 

How to:

Note:  The Direct download link above is for the English language installer. For a different country specific version please replace the ‘en’  in the above link with the local language code.

Revisions:

July 1, 2016: Initial Draft and Publish Date

March 26, 2017:  Added Note on article obsolescence and link with further explanation

Windows Live Downloads – Version 2

Windows Essentials 2012 and Windows Live Essential 2011 & 2009 downloads are no longer available from the Microsoft servers.  This article’s content has been updated to reflect the end of availability and support and only present for archival and search purposes and to inform the lack of availability of the program(s) on Microsoft Servers.

Also see my related article.

 

Summary:

  • Links to download the current version (now called) Windows Essentials 2012 applications/programs – no longer available from Microsoft
  • Links to download the 2011 version of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 applications/programs – no longer available from Microsoft
  • Links to download the 2009 version of  the Windows Live Essentials 2009 applications/programs – no longer available from Microsoft
  • Links to download earlier versions (Windows Live Essentials 2008) – no longer available from Microsoft

Links:

  • Windows Essentials 2012 (note name change)
    • Download links for 2013 are for build QFE4 released May 10, 2014(final version)
    • 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.

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 no longer available primarily intended for Windows XP  and Server 2008 compatibility (not recommended for use on Vista, Windows 7/8x/10)

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. QFE3 version released, digital signature January 23, 2014 (Build 16.4.3522.10)

5. QFE4 version released, digital signature April 7, 2014 (Build 16.4.3528.0331)

  • No longer available, removed from Microsoft Servers

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

7. Will remove Live Mesh if installed

8. Will remove Messenger Companion if installed

9. 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 (Final Version, no future updates)

– Build Number 15.4.3555.308  (Installer)

5.  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’

  • The ‘foreseeable future’ does not mean ‘in perpetuity’; XPSp3 Extended Support ends Apr. 2014
  • The ‘foreseeable future’ may not mean until the end of XPSp3 Extended Support(i.e. Plan ahead)

5. 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

May 22, 2014: Updated for Windows Essentials 2012 QFE4

March 26, 2017: Added leading note on lack of availability from Microsoft for all Windows Essentials and Windows Live Essentials applications

 

Windows Live Downloads

Windows Live Essentials 2011 and 2009 Downloads are no longer available from the Microsoft servers.  This article content is obsolete and only present for archival and search purposes and to inform the lack of availability of the programs on Microsoft Servers.

 

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