Windows Live Essentials 2011


  • If you have Windows Live Essentials 2011, please read this Microsoft security bulletin for important information.

  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 is no longer available to download for Windows Vista.

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Windows Live programs might crash on some ATI/AMD video cards if you’re also using Windows Internet Explorer 9 Technical Preview or Windows 7 SP1 Beta

Because of an underlying problem with some ATI/AMD video card drivers, installing Internet Explorer 9 Technical Preview 3 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta can cause Windows Live Mail to crash or hang.

If you installed Internet Explorer 9 Technical Preview, you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall an update:

  1. In Windows Control Panel, under Programs, or Programs and Features, click Uninstall a program.

  2. In the left pane, click View installed updates.

  3. In the list of installed updates, select KB 2028560, and then click Uninstall.

  4. Go to Microsoft Support and install the updated KB 2028560.

If you installed the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta, try updating your ATI/AMD video card driver by using one of the following links.

Animated GIFs and emoticons are turned off in software mode

If your PC uses software rendering instead of hardware rendering, you won't see any animations in Windows Live.

Screen readers might be affected by changes in Windows Live Essentials

This release of Windows Live Essentials uses Direct2D and DirectWrite technology for rendering, and compatibility with screen readers might be affected.

Microsoft is working with screen reader vendors to resolve this problem.

Windows Live Mesh and Messenger have been retired

Windows Live Mesh was retired on February 13, 2013. All Mesh features (including remote desktop and peer-to-peer syncing) have stopped working. For info about uninstalling Mesh, see How do I uninstall one or more Essentials programs?

Messenger was retired in April 2013, and is no longer available on most operating systems. Your Messenger contacts will come with you when you update to Skype. For more information visit the Messenger has moved to Skype page.

Movie Maker and Photo Gallery must be installed together

Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live Photo Gallery can only be installed together because they share many features. That means that if you have an earlier version of either Movie Maker or Photo Gallery installed on your PC, you'll have both programs installed after you upgrade to the new versions.