Windows Live Essentials is a suite of free programs from Microsoft to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most and do more with Windows on your PC. You can edit and share photos and personal videos, manage your email and calendar, publish to your blog, access your files on multiple computers, and help keep your kids safer online. It’s all in one download, and it’s all free.
Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). You can install just a few of these programs or all of Windows Live Essentials.
To install the latest version of Windows Live Essentials 2011, visit the following Microsoft website:
The download may include updates to Windows Live programs you already have. You’ll get updates to these and other Microsoft programs from Microsoft Update. This software may also download and install some updates automatically.
For more information about the Windows Live Essentials, visit the following Microsoft Webiste:
Operating system: 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 with the Platform Update for Windows Vista; or Windows 7; or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008; or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher
Resolution: Minimum: 1024 × 576
Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.
Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.
For Photo Gallery and Movie Maker: Some required components of DirectX 9 may be installed for you if they're not already on your computer.
For Windows Live Mesh: To run Windows Live Mesh on a Mac, you must have OS X 10.5 or newer installed. If you already installed an earlier version of Window Live Sync beta or Live Mesh beta, please see the detailed release notes for additional requirements.Instructions