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Windows Live Essentials on Microsoft Update

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Hi All,


As you may have heard, Windows Live Essentials 2011 has been released. It will be available through Windows Update (WU) in the coming weeks, starting October 19th. This software upgrade will only be offered to users who have enabled updating through the Microsoft Update service. For more information about Windows Live Essentials 2011 and why you want it, click here.


Windows Live Essentials 2011 will be offered as a Recommended Update for users who have any one of the Windows Live software products installed, otherwise it will be offered as an Optional Update. If you have configured your computer to automatically download Recommended Updates then it will download automatically. After download is complete, WU will notify you of available updates, and you can start the upgrade. It will not install automatically.


Windows Live Essentials 2011 will be offered through WU for Windows 7 and Windows Vista SP2 computers. If you have not upgraded to Windows Vista Service Pack 2 then this would be a great time to take care of this task. Please note that you may need to install other available updates and Service Packs for Windows Vista before WU will offer Service Pack 2 for installation. Windows Live Essentials 2011 cannot be installed on Windows XP computers.




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  • Did this update last night and discovered to my consternation that Windows Mail, where I had my business emails directed, had lost not only my logons for those accounts but also my mail files and associated storage.  Contacts were still available.  I used a restore point to no avail.  Any suggestions on how to recover the 5 years of business email I had stored without backup?

  • Wow, I'm lucky I didn't have WU to install stuff automatically. A 160 MB package with stuff to slow your computer down, flagged as an important update. Yuck!

  • Yes, I also manually install updates to keep garbage like this OFF My PC. I use the 2009 version of this product and am going to continue using it.

    Microsoft, this is /NOT/ an important or recommended update. It's just JUNK.

  • MUteam,

    Do  you know if the windows/microsoft update client will be updated in the near future? Working teck support there are so many WU/MU error messeages that have no troubleshooting steps in the microsoft knowbledge base its terrible. It usally means resorting to Google to see what has worked for other people. And the Microsoft fix it WU reset utilty only works a small percentage of the time.


  • Every time MS tries to improve things it pushes me closer to the front door of the Apple store!!!! Not only did this UPDATE screw up my profile and e-mail and documents, it won't do a restore to a previous point. Now the computer doesn't boot at all!!!!!  Congratulations  Mr. Gates. You've officially handed over the steering wheel to the monkeys

  • I installed Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 a few weeks back and it didn't recognize MP4 files at all.  If most of the newer HD video camera coming out use this type of format, why wouldn't Movie Maker recognize them?  After the uninstall, I tried to use Windows Live Movie Maker (previous version) and that wouldn't even recognize the MP4 format.  I had to uninstall both and reinstall the older version of Live Movie Maker.  What a waste!  I don't know if they latest download fixes that issue or not and I am not going to try it!  Might end up buying a decent editing program.

  • This is actually part of the Microsoft Update, which can be turned completely off under WU Settings.

  • Why is this update an important update?!?

    It's not needed for the normal user and will give a lot off hassle to the support teams!

    Please remove the important flag now!

  • Dear Steve Mallett,

    THe same thing just happened to me the night before last, with all email & calendar info. lost on MS Office 2007. In addition to System Restore (x5), I tried a full restore from my 1TB external drive, & that didn't work either. Seeing that others are having same problem is little comfort. What's the deal Microsoft?!? PLEASE HELP!!!

  • I received this update a couple of days ago and installed it but it failed wih an error message saying " previous version is already installed.  You must uninstall it first and install the new one", and it quit installing.

    When I checked "view update history", the status shows "Successful" even though WLE 2011 is not installed and new update for WLE 2011 is available message shows up again.  What the hexx is it?

    FIrst of all, I do not like the idea of uninstalling the previous version first to install the new version.  Does that mean I have to start all over again (e.g. settings of e-mail and other software )? That's ridiculous.

  • I just unknowingly installed this update and all of my email is now gone. You idiots!!  I don't care if you put new features onto the system, even slow down my box......  But when you lose data.  Who in the heck tested an upgrade??  Why would you even think this is an OK thing to do??  How would you like it if your entire email messages and account info was blown away?

  • Hey Microsoft, what should I do here?  You can send me an email with suggestions, but now I need to add in my internet account, setup all that junk again.  What do I do with all the hotel reservation, and vacation reservation emails that are now lost?  Next time, please put up a warning saying that this upgrade will effect your email and you may want to backup your data first.  Any warning like that would have caused me not to upgrade.  I was actually trying to fix another Windows problem so I wanted the latest fixes.  And, you guys really screwed me over.  I guess it is my own fault for ever thinking you would not release a bunch of garbage in the first place.   The more I touch this Windows junk, the more time I waste.

  • I too got all the Windows Live Essential updates.  Afterwards, some of my contacts in Live Mail were missing and Live Movie Maker is now a total bust.  Movie Maker just doesn't work.  It won't load up .mpg videos consistently and when it does, the .wmv movie it creates turns out as a total green screen.  What was a good and easy movie making program is now useless.  Thanks alot.

  • I had the previous version of Windows Live Movie Maker which I used to convert my recorded HD television programs to a smaller size.   It worked okay but the sound was always extremely muffled and I would have to turn my system volume all the way up to about 90% to hear the audio.   The WTV files and the DVR-MS files that I had to convert them to before processing were extremely loud even with my speakers at about 30%, so I'm not sure what the problem was.

    Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 creates .wmv files with slightly better sound, but it is incredibly slow and CPU intensive compared to the former version.   Movie Maker 2011 takes over 18 minutes (with the Quad processors running over 90%) just to load a one hour HD video for processing.   The old version of Movie Maker didn't require this time and power intensive step at all... I would add a file and it would be ready to go immediately.

    I guess I'll have to stick with it because the sound is so poor with the previous version, but it is extremely disappointing that it ties up my computer for so much extra time.

    Live Mail is horrible if you have a lot of different email addresses.  I hated that MS got rid of the wonderful Outlook Express which was easy to use and always worked great.   Windows Mail which was included with Vista would have been a much better option.   I ended up having to go with Firefox instead.  

    It is frustrating that Microsoft seems to take great, functional programs and make them worse.

  • Since this update I haven't been able to access msn messenger which is an important tool for me to keep in contact with people.  This is frustrating and I have tried several ways of fixing it but nothing has worked yet.

    This is frustrating

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