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Poll: Will you upgrade to Windows Live Essentials 2011 or 2012? (178 member(s) have cast votes)

Are you still using Windows Live Essentials 2009?

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What do you think of the forced upgrade by Microsoft to WLE 2011 version?

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Will you install Windows Live Essentials 2012?

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#121 DrakeN2k

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:31

Why are you on the latest public version of windows you should be on DOS , or using punch cards.


#122 He's Dead Jim

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:39

Installed and working fine here, to get rid of the ribbon, right click the ? icon at the top right corner for options,
hope this helps :)

#123 DJGM

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:57

Regarding IE9:

IE9 is tons better than it's predecessors, especially IE7 and most definitely especially IE6. Although I personally prefer
to use either SeaMonkey v2.12 or Pale Moon v12.3 for everyday browsing, with IE "only whenever needed" which is
very rare. My only major gripe with IE9 is the default GUI, and that it offers no decent customisation options.

#124 OP Andrea Borman

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 12:58

Well on Windows XP the latest version of WLE is 2009 build 14.0.8117.416.

And anyone who is using Windows XP has to use WLE 2009 not 2011 or 2012 version.

Also note that WLE 2012 is not for Windows Vista,it is only for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

But I like WLE 2009 version. And I am happy with it. And if I can use it on my Windows XP netbooks.I don't see why I can't use it on Windows 7. Which I am, and I also have WLE 2009 on Windows 8.And it all works and so does the Messenger.

Before July this year,WLE 2011 version was optional for Windows 7 and Windows Vista users. You could install that or WLE 2009 version. It is only now, in July, that Microsoft are trying to make Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 users, Windows 7, and Windows 8 users upgrade to 2011 version.

And now they are trying to push WLE 2012 version on Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. But I think WLE 2012 is still an optional upgrade at the moment. So you can stay on 2011 version. Or 2009 version,like I am doing. Andrea Borman.

#125 MFH

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:01

Just switched to WE2012, no problems whatsoever. The removal of Mesh is unfortunate - actually the only thing I miss is the removal of Office and Internet Explorer settings (though apart from custom templates, I doubt this feature was ever used...)

I see no problem with the new version, Mail looks 100% like the last version...

#126 OP Andrea Borman

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:23

Windows Live Photo Gallery 2009 on Windows 8..JPG


Windows Photo Gallery.jpg


Windows Live Photo Gallery 2008 on Windows 7..jpg

As you can see both Windows Live Photo Gallery 2009 and Windows Live Photo Gallery 2008 look exactly like Windows Photo Gallery on Windows Vista.

That is one of the things that attracts people like me to use WLE 2009 version and not 2011 or 2012 version. Because as you know both WLE 2011 and 2012 version have the Ribbon. Which I and a lot of people don't like.

Both Windows Live Photo Gallery 2009 and Windows Live Photo Gallery 2008 are clones of Windows Photo Gallery,methinks. Andrea Borman.

#127 ScorpioRGc1

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:29

I found nothing wrong with WLE 2011 (other than Messenger getting even more bloated, but that has been a trend for years now). The ribbon interface was great in Live Mail, actually.

#128 vetCalum

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:39

Thread cleaned yet again

Please remember, if you're not going to be polite, don't post.

Thank you

#129 grayscale

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:46

Thread cleaned yet again

Please remember, if you're not going to be polite, don't post.

Thank you


Not to mean any disrespect, but with the direction this thread is going, I think you should lock this one up. Instead of discussing the 2012 version, this is turning into the same thread that was locked a couple of days ago. Just a suggestion, it is still your call.

#130 +Frank B.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:54

Not to mean any disrespect, but with the direction this thread is going, I think you should lock this one up. Instead of discussing the 2012 version, this is turning into the same thread that was locked a couple of days ago. Just a suggestion, it is still your call.

Seconded. This thread is going to cause nothing but further trouble for all involved.

#131 OP Andrea Borman

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 13:54

I found nothing wrong with WLE 2011 (other than Messenger getting even more bloated, but that has been a trend for years now). The ribbon interface was great in Live Mail, actually.


Same problem here. I found Windows Live Messenger 2011 would open up full screen and that you could not see your offline contacts. And it would crash when I made video calls or when someone was calling me.

From what I remember I think you could also log into your Facebook and My Space account on Messenger 2011,in the Beta version. And there is also the option to send your contacts an offline video message.And contacts who were on Messenger 209 could play video messages sent from 2011 version.

But somehow Messenger 2011 and 2012 version does not have that homely look of Messenger 2009 version. So WLE 2011 and 2012 is just not the same as the old version of WLE. And I can see why a lot of people don't want to upgrade to it.

And no, I don't like the Ribbon in Windows Live Mail 2011 and 2012 version either. And I don't like the Ribbon in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 and 2012 version.

So it seems that WLE 2009 version is the only right version to install. Andrea Borman.

#132 vetCalum

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 14:08

Not to mean any disrespect, but with the direction this thread is going, I think you should lock this one up. Instead of discussing the 2012 version, this is turning into the same thread that was locked a couple of days ago. Just a suggestion, it is still your call.

Good idea :) You're right, unfortunately.

It is clear that the posts in this thread will not get any better. It has been cleaned multiple times and we've asked people to post in a polite manner more than once. Yet the posts remain of the same tone.

No matter how frustrating certain posts can be to read, everyone must post in a polite manner at all times here.

The majority of this thread has been either people attacking a certain individual or people demonstrating their anger/annoyance at misleading statements (e.g. "no one will upgrade"). It is clear that this is all this thread will ever be, and the majority of posts will not be on topic.

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