Windows Essentials download options

Windows Essentials is a suite of free Windows programs such as Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Mail, and Writer. These programs can help you organize and edit photos and videos, manage email, create blog posts, and keep your files in sync. The edition of Windows Essentials you can download depends on which version of Windows you're running. Check the following list for more information and then choose which language and edition to download.

Essentials edition Windows version What’s included
Essentials edition

Windows Essentials 2012

Windows version

Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

What’s included

Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, OneDrive, Family Safety, Mail, Writer

Essentials edition

Windows Live Essentials 2011

Windows version

Windows Vista

What’s included

This software is no longer available for download. Learn more

Essentials edition

Windows Live Essentials 2009

Windows version

Windows XP

What’s included

Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Family Safety, Mail, Writer