Get Windows Essentials offline installers before Microsoft removes them

As you may already know, Microsoft is about to kill off Windows Live Essentials. The Redmond giant is going to force Universal apps shipped with Windows 10 and Windows 8 as their replacement. If you don't find them suitable, this is exactly the right moment to grab the full installer for Windows Essentials 2012 before disappears.

live-essentials Almost every Windows user is familiar with Windows Essentials. It started with Windows 7 as a set of apps which provide essential functionality for a fresh installation of Windows. It has a nice email client, a photo viewing and organizing app, the now-discontinued Live Messenger, Live Writer for bloggers, and the infamous Movie Maker video editor. Soon, Microsoft will remove it in favor of Universal apps available in the Windows Store and bundled with Windows 10.

The apps in Windows Essentials suite used to be bundled with Windows. With Windows 7, they became a separate download. Over time, they became richer in functionality and became extremely full-featured, powerful apps. The suite was renamed from Windows Live Essentials to Windows Essentials when the Live branding was discontinued. The last version released is Windows Essentials 2012.

Microsoft has announced that this suite will reach end of support on January 10, 2017, so after that time, you won't be able to download the suite or install it with a web installer offered for download by default.

Here is the full set of offline installers for Windows Essentials 2012.

Download Windows Essentials offline installers

Update: All official links are dead. Here are mirrored copies of all installers. Enjoy.

Here you go:

That's all. Download the desired installer and keep it on your drive. So you will be able to install it any time.

Many thanks to our reader "Johnny" who prepared the list and to "JeniSkunk" for the idea. Thank you guys.

32 thoughts on “Get Windows Essentials offline installers before Microsoft removes them

  1. Nathan

    Norwegian (Bokmal) fails, the url should be http://g.live.com/1rewlive5-all/nb-no/wlsetup-all.exe

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you. Fixed.

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  2. Anynomuos

    Thanks for Lithuanian download links!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome!

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  3. Jose

    Thank you Sergey. Much appreciated!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome Jose

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  4. Jimmy S.

    I’m not too afraid since I can always go back in time using Wayback Machine (url is archive.org). I’ll archive at least the English version and its webpage and if someone else would be willing to archive the other languages, that’ll be fine.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I think the archive.org web site might now contain the actual files. They are huge (130 MB). Instead it will link to MS servers, from where files will disappear one day.

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      1. Jimmy S.

        Then how come I can still download the Windows 8.0 Developer Preview?? The link is: https://web.archive.org/web/20111007072821/http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English.iso and the gadget page for Windows 7 is still up (the link is: https://web.archive.org/web/20111005091335/http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/personalize/gadgets) without the parentheses.

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Then I am wrong. Last time I tried the trick it didn’t work. But it was ages ago.
          Thanks for the tip Jimmy! Really great to know.

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  5. Hilary

    Many thanks Sergey :-)

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome. Many thanks to our readers for links they provided.

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  6. Sojiro84

    Many thanks from the Netherlands as well! I kinda do like windows live mail. Saving it for nostalgia’s sake.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome. I downloaded the whole collection :)

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  7. Anonymous

    Can you upload (old version) MOVIE MAKER links for Windows XP and Vista, if they are still available? Thanks a lot for so great site!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks. I will look for them.

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    2. Blaine

      There never was a standalone installer for Windows XP. The closest match would be Windows Movie Maker 2.6 which uses the CPU. The 64-bit GPU-accelerated version was in Vista and is Windows Movie Maker 6.0 (http://goo.Gl/B1eRC). It wasn’t originally a standalone installer either, but that is a link you can use to install it.

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      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Thanks for this valuable link. Much appreciated.

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  8. Yo

    Windows Live Essentials 2009 and 2011 can’t be downloaded anymore from microsoft (at least not that I know of). 2009 was removed because XP isn’t supported anymore, and 2011 was removed because there was a security problem that Microsoft didn’t want to fix for Live Essentials 2011 because no one uses Windows Vista, and Essentials 2011 only works on Vista and later. They did fix the problem in Essentials 2012 but that only works on Windows 7 and later. :(

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  9. Eduard

    Big thanks! It saved my life! I’m so happy! You are the best!^^

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome.

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  10. No

    Gone.

    you need to update this to reflect that fact.

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  11. R.

    The official download links have been taken offline now, but the files are still hosted on the Internet Archive. For example, for the English version you can use this link:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20170109223306/http://wl.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/C/1/B/C1BA42D6-6A50-4A4A-90E5-FA9347E9360C/en/wlsetup-all.exe

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  12. D

    R. You are great. Thank you.

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  13. NashTULSA

    Hello,

    This link is perfectly working.
    Thanks you very much.

    Would you have such another one for the FRENCH version ?

    Thanks,
    Nash.

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  14. Luca

    Really thanks for Italian version bro! God bless you :D

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome!

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  15. stan

    thanks for the mail.ru links. MS killed the links on own servers.

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  16. malysh

    Thank you guys for uploading software!

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  17. Danny

    Haha.. you’d think te English installer would have an English webpage..

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  18. latifa

    thanks, i been ages searching for this…
    the old WMM was removed and i cannot find any of WMM traces anywhere
    so, thanks for posting this :)

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  19. Lukas

    Thx. Czech version. GJ man. Thank you such much.

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