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Windows Essentials 2012 is a suite of free programs that can help you organize and edit photos and videos, manage email, create blog posts, and keep your files in sync. You can choose which programs you want to install or you can install all of them. Windows Essentials 2012 works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Windows Essentials includes the following programs:

  • Photo Gallery. Everything you need to organize, edit, and publish your photos.
  • Movie Maker. Tell your story in style. Make a polished movie from your photos and videos in just a few clicks.
  • Windows Live Writer. Create stunning blog posts in minutes, with photos, videos, maps, and more. Then publish them to any of your favorite blog service providers.
  • Windows Live Mail. Manage multiple email accounts, calendars, and your contacts, even when you're offline.
  • OneDrive. With OneDrive installed on all your computers, you can get to the latest version of your files wherever you are.
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 editionWindows version What’s included
Windows Essentials 2012 Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, OneDrive, Family Safety, Mail, Writer*
Windows Live Essentials 2011 Windows VistaThis software is no longer available for download.
Windows Live Essentials 2009 Windows XP This software is no longer available for download.
Learn more about Windows XP end of support

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* Not all programs in the suite will install or perform optimally with all operating systems. Learn more.
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Article ID: 17779 - Last Review: May 25, 2016 - Revision: 29

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
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