Microsoft releases Windows Live Essentials build 8064

As we reported a few weeks ago, Microsoft has officially rolled out an update to Windows Live Essentials (Build 8064). If you're not familiar with Windows Live Essentials, it is a suite of applications that include: Windows Live Mail (Desktop Version), Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Toolbar, Windows Live Family Safety, and Windows Live Movie Maker Beta.

The updates don't appear to have any new features, but contain lots of fixed bugs especially for Windows 7 users. Microsoft has announced that users still using Windows Live Messenger 8.1, 8.5, and the latest 9.0 (build 1202) will be asked, not required, to update to 14.0.8064.0206.

Other than nit-pick bug fixes, it appears that the Windows Live Messenger team has not fixed the jump list bug for Windows 7 users. So you're still going to need to run Windows Live Messenger in "Vista Compatibility" mode.

Download: Windows Live Essentials build 8064

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Downloading it right now to make my switchless installers for Windows Live Messenger.

I wrote a guide on how to modify the original Messenger installer to include your patched files and to use it in unattended installations.

Finally got this thing installed. For some reason, the downloads would sometimes stop right in the middle and not continue, so I had to keep restarting it to get it done.

Windows Live Mail ( I love it, great been using it since it came out instead of microsoft outlook)
Windows Live Messenger (I love it, great been using it since being of time, works with any account if you properly signup to the network!!!! - my googlemail and yahoo accounts work)
Windows Live Photo Gallery (Its good and syncs well)
Windows Live Writer(Its great for the amount I do)
Windows Live Toolbar (Its alright but prefer firefox with avg security toolbar/google)
Windows Live Family Safety (Perfect for controlling my children but I also use additional filters)
Windows Live Movie Maker Beta. (Great- much better than the original one thats come with xp I used before)

They say the messenger thing on the taskbar is "by design" . OK . So, what about having the contact list instead of the display picture, so when I click on the icon it brings up the contact list. One preview -> one window.

Click minimize problem solved and so on.

The way it is at the moment is simply..... STUPID

Origamihl said,
They say the messenger thing on the taskbar is "by design" . OK . So, what about having the contact list instead of the display picture, so when I click on the icon it brings up the contact list. One preview -> one window.

Click minimize problem solved and so on.

The way it is at the moment is simply..... STUPID

I agree... I installed Windows 7 on my mother's PC and she didn't like that idea. It was confusing for her.

Still can not delete blocked users in your privacy settings.

I had a friend to die in 2001 and they are still listed.

Worst feature ever. Silly you can't delete your own contacts.

One highly annoying bug they fixed is the Firefox minimizing bug. Minimizing Firefox no longer triggers the restoration of WLMessenger's contact list.

Anyone have a link for the Full file (Also called Admnistrators or Offline Version)
So I dont have to re-download everything on each of my computers.

It's not a bug. Its by design, a feature even. I hope they don't reverse it back to the systemtray because of people like you :

They should revert it to the system tray if they can detect the user setting a non-standard taskbar configuration (small icons turned on, labels turned on, grouping turned off, etc.)

There is no way this is "by design" it prevents you from single clicking the taskbar entry to minimize messenger. Besides that, it looks awful with that stupid display picture in the taskbar.

It's by design, and I like it. STFU with all the 'it's a bug remove it', If you close the contact list you'd have to remember which key to hold to make it open the contact list rather than showing currently open chats.

SQ1 -

It is handy for if you are signed into more than one account. You can easily see which account is which., now, in the Windows 7 taskbar.

When you hover the Messenger icon on taskbar, you get 2 previews of the Messenger app, one with your display pic and another with the real contact list.

SQ1 said,
When you hover the Messenger icon on taskbar, you get 2 previews of the Messenger app, one with your display pic and another with the real contact list.

It's not a bug.

Windows Live Mail (Desktop Version) (Quite good... but i always wonder how its compared to Outlook)
Windows Live Messenger (sucks... havent used it ever but Gmail a/c doesnt work )
Windows Live Photo Gallery (Its good...)
Windows Live Writer( Ok )
Windows Live Toolbar (Unecessary)
Windows Live Family Safety (Too Good if children work on your computer)
Windows Live Movie Maker Beta. (I dont know why did they add this to Windows Live Applications. It should be inbuilt in to the OS)

rakeshishere said,
"Windows Live Messenger (sucks... havent used it ever but Gmail a/c doesnt work"

So maybe I wasn't the only one that caught that. You've never used it before, and claim it sucks? Your gmail account probably doesn't work because you need to confirm it. I think more people in the world use Windows Live Messenger than any other chat client, so how can that suck?


Your wrong on the Messenger its the best software out there gmail accounts just need to be signed up via the passport network and confirmed via email and it works like a charm just your email icon won't do anything except take you to a page and ask you to signup!- and the Windows Live Mail is fast and easy! - the Live Movie Maker will be in future versions of windows probs.

Yes, rakeshishere. The job of an operating system is to provide a platform for other software to run on. It's not to be multi-functioning software itself.