Windows Essentials 16.4.3508.0205

Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a suite of freeware applications by Microsoft that aims to offer integrated and bundled e-mail, instant messaging, photo-sharing, blog publishing, and security services. Essentials programs are designed to integrate well with each other, with Microsoft Windows, and with other Microsoft web-based services such as SkyDrive and Hotmail, so that they operate as a “seamless whole”.

This suite of applications is regularly updated to provide innovative functionality, while harnessing the power of the Windows PC for capturing, editing and organizing your digital stuff.

Download: Windows Essentials 16.4.3508.0205 offline installer | 131 MB (Freeware, English version)
Download page: Windows Essentials 16.4.3508.0205 web installer | (All languages)
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----Begin Release Notes----

What operating system do I need to install Windows Essentials 2012?

Windows Essentials 2012 programs will run on Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit versions), Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit versions), Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2012. Additional installation requirements might be necessary to run Windows Essentials 2012 on Windows Server or N SKUs.

Windows Live Family Safety doesn't install on Windows 8

Windows Live Family Safety has been replaced by Microsoft Family Safety, which is now part of Windows 8. For this reason, you can't install Windows Live Family Safety on Windows 8. If you upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8, you can't run or upgrade Windows Live Family Safety. Instead, as part of Windows 8 you'll get Microsoft Family Safety, which includes all the features of Windows Live Family Safety (and we've introduced some new features, too).

Animated GIFs and emoticons are turned off in software mode

If your PC uses software rendering instead of hardware rendering, you won't see any animations in Windows Essentials 2012.

Movie Maker and Photo Gallery must be installed together

Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo Gallery can only be installed together because they share many features. That means that if you have an earlier version of either Movie Maker or Photo Gallery installed on your PC, you'll have both programs installed after you upgrade to the new versions.

Microsoft SkyDrive installed in place of Windows Live Mesh

If you have Windows Live Mesh installed, it's automatically removed when you install Windows Essentials 2012, and Microsoft SkyDrive will be installed in its place. To sync everything that's on your SkyDrive to all your PCs, and even on a Mac, you'll need to install SkyDrive on each computer.

Messenger is no longer available

Messenger was retired in April 2013, and is no longer available on most operating systems. Your Messenger contacts will come with you when you update to Skype. For more information, visit the Messenger has moved to Skype page.

Windows Essentials 2012 doesn't include Messenger Companion

If you have Messenger Companion on your PC, it will be removed when you install Windows Essentials 2012. Messenger Companion is no longer supported and won't run in combination with Windows Essentials 2012."

----End Release Notes----

Edited by MyNamesTheDoctor, May 14 2013, 2:18pm :

Time to find out what is secretly removed. Windows Live QFEs are notorious for secretly deleting functionality without change logs.

insanelyapple said,
Has anyone installed it? Any noticeable changes, like idk dropping Live branding and/or WLM?

Can't find anything new, maybe it was just a security update (today is patch tuesday).

I hope they stopped changing the shortcuts and causing the docked icons to disappear from the taskbar like every damn previous version.

Neobond said,
This probably cripples WLM btw. I'm not going to test it myself

Wonder why it's still listed and included in the installer anyway. Should have been replaced by skype. Also when starting the thing it still calls itself Windows Live Essentials Setup. WAY TO BE CONSISTENT MICROSOFT

.stan said,

Wonder why it's still listed and included in the installer anyway. Should have been replaced by skype. Also when starting the thing it still calls itself Windows Live Essentials Setup. WAY TO BE CONSISTENT MICROSOFT

You think that's bad? Try buying a Microsoft Webcam: the call button still works only with WLM... also they randomly dropped support for tons of cameras like they did with the intellitype/intellimouse software and yet they still suggest the update to users with unsupported devices... wtf?

BTW: Live Messenger isn't blocked in all countries yet, they probably kept it for China and some other countries where it still works.

francescob said,

You think that's bad? Try buying a Microsoft Webcam: the call button still works only with WLM... also they randomly dropped support for tons of cameras like they did with the intellitype/intellimouse software and yet they still suggest the update to users with unsupported devices... wtf?

BTW: Live Messenger isn't blocked in all countries yet, they probably kept it for China and some other countries where it still works.


I have clients who couldn't login without the recent fix.