Windows Live Essentials beta refreshed

WLEssicons The Windows Live Betas – which we were using since its public release about 3 months ago has got another refresh. The Windows Live Team using the feedback from its users have updated these programs. The new set of Betas of downloadable programs for Windows PC are now called Windows Live Essentials. These includes Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Toolbar, and Family Safety and additional programs like Microsoft Office Outlook® Connector, Office Live Add-in, Microsoft Silverlight.

These are available at These can be installed via single installer that lets you choose which programs you want to install. It will upgrade the programs if you are already having the previous ver.


If you are having any issues with the installation, you can check the Essentials beta: System requirements at You can also view detailed release notes (pdf) which provides various issues with the New Betas, specially if you are using IE 8 Beta.

I have already upgraded all the programs with the new Betas and checking out various new features. I will post about them in subsequent posts.

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14 Responses to Windows Live Essentials beta refreshed

  1. Technogran says:

    I downloaded the new refresh but have lost the toolbar. It obviously hasn\’t been installed and has also disabled its previous incarnation in the process. I love the new cleaner look of Windows Live Mail, and the larger fonts.

  2. Vasudev says:

    @Technogran, Are you sure, its not installed? Pl. check has it been disabled. Tools>manage add-ons>Enable or Disable Add-ons & see if its disabled, (Toolbar & Extensions) Enable it if required. Also, if its not the case, you can Repair your installation from Control Program> Add/remove programs > WL EssentialsYes I too like the Cleaner look of WL Mail, but still some minor bugs are there which has to be fixed before final rel.

  3. technogran says:

    Vasudev you are a star! Wonder why it became disabled though during the refresh? It was working okay before that! (the previous beta version of it I mean) Hmm, strange. Thanks again

  4. Seika says:

    I like the new mailbox\’s menu.Is it already the same as Windows 7\’s UI design ?

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