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.
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:
In Windows Control Panel, under Programs, or Programs and Features, click Uninstall a program.
In the left pane, click View installed updates.
In the list of installed updates, select KB 2028560, and then click Uninstall.
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.
Download the latest AMD drivers
Download the verification tool to determine your PC’s compatibility with generic AMD mobility drivers (Windows 7, 32-bit)
Download the verification tool to determine your PC’s compatibility with generic AMD mobility drivers (Windows 7, 64-bit)
If your PC uses software rendering instead of hardware rendering, you won't see any animations in Windows Live.
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 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.
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.
This page provides late-breaking or other information about Windows Live Family Safety 2011.
The latest version of the Family Safety Filter includes an image filter that attempts to block adult content in images, while still allowing more appropriate images to surface.
Because the image filter takes a fair amount of processing power, it's automatically turned off on slower computers. This doesn't affect other web filtering capabilities, which will still block websites based on the filtering level set in Family Safety.
To use image filtering, you need a computer running Windows 7, with a Windows Experience Index base score of at least 5.0. You can view the Windows Experience Index base score for your computer in Performance Information and Tools.
If you're using program restrictions through Family Safety, the latest version of the Family Safety Filter might be blocked on a standard Windows account that's being monitored. The Family Safety Filter will still be running, but the monitored account might run into issues when requesting access to a site or using the filter. Unfortunately, the only way to resolve this problem is to turn off program restrictions. Here's how:
Go to the Family Safety website, and then sign in with your Windows Live ID.
Click Edit settings for the account you want to change.
In the left pane, click Program restrictions.
Click Turn off program restrictions (Activity reports will still be provided).
If you're using Family Safety on your computer, it will block content and monitor activity according to the settings you've chosen on the Family Safety website. However, you might see an "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" message in some instances when you try to sign in to a secure website (identified by "https" in its web address). If the filter is running, you'll see a message in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.
This means that the page is blocked, and you don't have access to the site. You can click the notification and follow the instructions in it to decide whether to allow the site, or you can follow these steps:
In the left pane, click Web filtering lists.
Type the web address in the text box, and then click Allow.
If you have the Family Safety Filter installed on your computer, and you click Reset in Parental Controls to reset web filtering in Windows Vista, you might see two different block pages. To avoid having to manage both web filters, you can set Family Safety as your default web-filtering program by following these steps:
Click Make Family Safety my web content filter.
This page provides late-breaking or other information about Windows Live Mail 2011.
You need to set up your Gmail account to allow IMAP access before you can read your Gmail messages using Mail. To enable IMAP in Gmail:
Sign in to your Gmail account.
Click Settings at the top right of the Gmail page.
Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
Select Enable IMAP, and then click Save Changes.
For more information, see Gmail Help.
You need to purchase Yahoo! Mail Plus before you can read your Yahoo! email using Mail or any other email program. For more information about Yahoo! Mail Plus, see Yahoo! Mail Help.
This page provides late-breaking or other information about Windows Live Movie Maker 2011.
Windows Live Movie Maker requires some components of Windows Media Player. Movie Maker can't start if it's installed on a version of Windows Vista or Windows 7 that doesn't include Windows Media Player, and you haven't installed Windows Media Player yourself. To solve this problem, install Windows Media Player from the Microsoft Download Center.
For a list of the file types you can use in Windows Live Movie Maker, see What kind of files can I use in Movie Maker?
Support for using MPEG-2 and Microsoft Recorded TV Show video files in your movies is available only if your computer is running one of the following versions of Windows: Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate. Depending on the camera you use to record video, you might need to install your camera's editing software before you can decode video in Movie Maker.
If you try to run Windows Live Movie Maker from a Remote Desktop session, you might have to restart Movie Maker when you connect back directly to the console.
You can only use TrueType fonts in Windows Live Movie Maker. If you select a Raster font, Movie Maker will default back to the Arial font.
AVCHD is a format for recording and playback of high-definition video compressed in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format, with audio recorded in Dolby Digital. AVCHD video files can be used in Windows Live Movie Maker only if your computer is running one of the following editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate.
Windows Live Movie Maker makes extensive use of your video card's GPU (graphics processing unit). PCs with video cards not intended for high-end graphics usage or older cards might encounter problems rendering video and effects in Movie Maker. To resolve this issue, you can try updating your graphics driver. The display driver you are running will affect reliability, performance, and quality. Run Windows Update and see if there are any updated drivers before continuing. If there aren't any updates and you're still having problems, try installing drivers directly from NVIDIA, Intel, or ATI/AMD:
NVIDIA publically released drivers
ATI/AMD publicly released drivers
Intel publicly released drivers
When speeding up video (especially at speeds of 4x or higher, depending on your configuration), the preview might be slow during playback. Encoded video should play correctly.
If you're using Windows Vista, you won't be able to capture video from a webcam. Windows 7 is required for capturing video from a webcam.
If you speed up or slow down video, audio is automatically muted.
If you see a gray preview or gray thumbnails for video clips, wait until your hardware can load the video clip.
This page provides late-breaking or other information about Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011.
The technology that Photo Gallery uses to create a Photo Fuse aligns the background information in the base photo with the section being replaced. Photos that don’t have well-defined backgrounds might not align well when creating a Photo Fuse.
For Photo Fuse to align and work best, the photos should be taken at similar zoom levels and from similar vantage points. Large movements in the photo or changes in zoom level might prevent alignment from taking place, or create suboptimal composites.
Movement in the photos used to create a Photo Fuse might cause distinct seams between the sections of the finished composite. To create a smoother composite, select a region around the subject that captures most of the movement.
To ensure good performance of Photo Fuse, there's a limit of 10 photos you can use to create a composite.
Ribbon galleries can't contain more than 1,000 items. This limit most likely impacts the Dates filter gallery on the Find tab. When the limit is reached, only the 1,000 newest (most recent) dates are displayed. However, no data is lost—all photos still exist, they just don't appear in the ribbon gallery—and the other date-related Find galleries (Months and Years) continue to work.
When a global People tag suggestion for a photo or video comes from Windows Live SkyDrive or Facebook, and is presented in Batch people tagging mode as a suggestion for a person, the thumbnail shown doesn't appear as expected. For photos, the thumbnail is not square (it has the same aspect ratio as the original image), and for videos, gray thumbnails appear.
Also, if there's more than one face in the photo, there might be confusion about who in the photo is being tagged.
Landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower) are not supported in the current implementation of geotagging.
If you have a DirectX 10 video card, make sure you have the latest drivers installed on your computer. Older versions don’t support the Photo Gallery viewer pixel format and thus have poorer performance while viewing and editing photos.
The graphics driver used by some Lenovo ThinkPad computers might prevent some photos from displaying while you're looking through a collection in the one-up mode. Updating your computer's graphics driver might fix this problem.
Windows Live Essentials 2011 is no longer available to download for Windows Vista.