Install Windows Live Essentials In Windows 7

By Brian Burgess on August 17th, 2009

So you’re starting out fresh with the new Windows 7 operating system but notice there are some of your favorite Windows applications missing.  Today we take a look at the Windows Live Essentials installer for getting your favorite Microsoft applications set up.

With the Windows 7 release Microsoft left out several previously bundled applications like Mail, Messenger, and Photo Gallery.  These apps are now branded as their Live Essentials suite and are available as a separate download.  This allows Microsoft to update and improve on these features without causing disturbance to the core operating system.

Installing Live Essentials

To start getting those MS apps you love back go to Start \ Getting Started \ Get Windows Live Essentials

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You will be brought to the Windows Live page where you can select your language and download the Windows Live Setup executable.

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Choose from the list of MS programs to install.  Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and more are all available to download.

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A progress screen is displayed while your selections are installed.  The amount of time it takes will vary depending on which and how many programs you choose.

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After the programs are installed you will see them in the Start menu under Windows Live.

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Windows Live Applications

Windows Live Mail replaces Outlook Express and Windows Mail that was included with Vista.  It is a great full featured email application with Calendar, RSS Feeds, and has the ability to check multiple web accounts.  If you don’t want to pay for Outlook this is a great way to handle your email needs.

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Windows Live Photo Gallery provides a free way to store, organize, and share all of your digital photos.  It also lets you easily edit photos, view in a slideshow presentation, and share them on the web.

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Of course you know Windows Live Messenger for instant messaging, exchange pictures, and play games with other MSN users.

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Movie Maker beta replaces Windows Movie Maker that was include with XP and lets you import photos, video clips, and music into your own personal video.

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With these popular and commonly used applications Microsoft will be able to improve and update them on a more regular basis without making the user run through a lot of update and patches.  This also makes for an easier installation and give you more choice in what you do or do not want to install.  Make sure to also check out our articles on how to Backup Windows Live Writer Settings and using Windows Live Family Safety Filter to help protect your children on the PC.

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Download Windows Live Essentials Installer

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 08/17/09
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