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Windows Live Essentials 2011 Out Now


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Microsoft has today quietly released the final version of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 Suite of software.

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If you don’t know what Windows Live Essentials is, here is how Microsoft describe them:

Windows Live Essentials includes free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, and more. Get them all in one download and get more done with Windows.

Windows Live Essentials requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Learn how to upgrade from Windows XP. It includes versions of Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, and Sync, plus Bing Bar and Messenger Companion. You also get Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Pack and Microsoft Silverlight.

We mentioned the Windows Live Essentials beta earlier in the year.

Downloading and installing Windows Live Essentials 2011 was simple and a lot quicker that the beta.

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You can download the installation software from here. You will need to uninstall the Windows Live Essentials Beta if you had it installed before you install the final version.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. Hi,

    I am having a problem with an update for Windows Live Essentials 2011 (KB2434419) .

    When I try to install the updates for only the parts that are installed, it gets

    66% into the installation, installing Messenger and then says there is a problem

    and that one part of the update cannot install so nothing is updated, it then says

    "wait while we put everything back how we found it". After everything is back to

    normal I get a message that says,

    "Couldn't install these programs, Messenger, mail, photo gallery, movie maker and writer.

    Error 0x8004009

    Source Messenger

    How can I get over this problem please?

    I am using the latest Mozilla Firefox browser and AOL e-mail.



    • Hi Roger

      In the past when I have had similar issues I have used System Restore to get me back and then I tried again.

      If that doesnt work you could try removing WLE completely and doing a clean install?


  2. Error msg when trying to install Live Essentials 2011 on WHS – "not a valid win32 application"

    Didn't have a provlem with the beta which was uninstalled to install this version

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