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Should I remove Windows Live?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #387
United States Rank #2,089
Reach 1.6058%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.56 days
458.88 days >
Average installed length: 241.10 days


16.4.3528.0331 23.70%
16.4.3522.0110 2.25%
16.4.3508.0205 6.48%
16.4.3505.0912 8.13%
16.4.3503.0728 4.96%
15.4.3555.0308 32.08%
15.4.3538.0513 6.08%
15.4.3508.1109 5.98%
15.4.3502.0922 10.34%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Microsoft

Windows Live

What is Windows Live?

Windows Live "is a way to extend the Windows user experience". Windows Vista provides a link in its user interface to download Windows Live Messenger, and Windows 7 saw the removal of applications such as Windows Mail, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker and replaced with the Windows Essentials suite, a software package that allows the downloading and installation of similar offerings from Windows Live. Windows Live offers integrated e-mail, instant messaging, photo-sharing, blog publishing, and security services. Essentials programs are designed to integrate well with each other, with the Windows operating system, and with other Windows Live web-based services such as SkyDrive and Hotmail.


The most common release is 15.4.3555.0308, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named WindowsLiveSync.exe. The setup package generally installs about 150 files and is usually about 147.87 MB (155,050,333 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Windows Live\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{34319F1F-7CF2-4CC9-B357-1AE7D2FF3AC5}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 147.87 MB
Language: French

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live

Program executable:WindowsLiveSync.exe
Name:Windows Live Sync
Path:C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe
Windows Live Mesh (formerly Windows Live Sync) is a free-to-use Internet-based file synchronization application designed to allow files and folders between two or more computers be in sync with each other on Windows computers or the Web via...
Additional files:
  • msgslang.dll - Ressources Windows Live Messenger spécifiques à la langue
  • msgsres.dll - Windows Live Messenger Non Language Specific Resources
  • rtmpltfm.dll - Microsoft Communications Server 2010 (Beta Refresh) (Microsoft Real Time Media Stack)
  • psmsong.dll - Windows Live Messenger Music Status Plugin Module
  • PresenceIM.dll - Windows Live Client Presence and IM Code Module
  • msgrapp.dll - Windows Live Messenger Protocol Handler Module
  • liveNatTrav.dll - Windows Live Client Nat Traversal Code Module
  • ObjectStore.dll - Windows Live Client ObjectStore Code Module
  • uccapi.dll - Microsoft Unified Communications Client API (Microsoft Unified Communications Client API DLL)
  • uccapires.dll - Microsoft Unified Communications Client API Resource DLL
  • wlsoxe.dll - Windows Live Social Object Extractor Engine
  • livetransport.dll - Windows Live Client Transport Code Module
  • vvpltfrm.dll - Windows Live Client Voice Video Platform (Windows Live Client Voice Video Platform Module)
  • ABImport.dll - Windows Live Address Book Import Module
  • abssm.dll - Windows Live Communications Platform (Windows Live Contacts Syncronization Protocol Module)
  • condb.dll - Windows Live Contacts Database Services Module
  • conmigrate.dll - Windows Live Contacts Migration Module
  • conproxy.dll - Windows Live Contacts Server Proxy Module
  • consync.dll - Windows Live Contacts Synchronization Module
  • lmcdata.dll - Windows Live Contact Objects Module
  • wlcomm.exe
  • uxcontacts.dll - Windows Live Client Contacts UX (Windows Live Client Contacts UX Module)
  • uxctl.dll - Windows Live Client UX Controls (Windows Live Client UX Controls Module)
  • wlbici.dll - Windows Live Client BICI Module
  • wlsqm.dll - Windows Live Client SQM Module
  • shareanything.dll - Share Anything Control Module
  • wldlog.dll - Windows Live Desktop Logging
  • MPG4DEMUX.dll - Windows LiveĀ™ Photo Gallery (MPEG-4 DirectShow Demux)
  • WLAVRes.dll - Windows Live AVRes
  • WLMFDS.dll - WLX Media Foundation Direct Show Wrapper
  • WLMFReadWrite.dll - WLX Media Foundation ReadWrite
  • WindowsLiveSync.Resource.dll - Windows Live FolderShare
  • msidcrl40.dll - Microsoft® Identity CRL (IDCRL Dynamic Link Library)
  • coreclr.dll - Microsoft® Silverlight (Microsoft .NET Runtime Common Language Runtime - WorkStation)
  • Microsoft.WlcProfile.dll - .NET Framework
  • mscordaccore.dll - Microsoft .NET External Data Access Support
  • mscordbi.dll - Microsoft .NET Runtime Debugging Services
  • mscorlib.dll - Microsoft Common Language Runtime Class Library
  • msgsc.dll - Windows Live Messenger
  • msnmsgr.exe
  • System.Core.dll
  • System.dll
  • System.Runtime.Serialization.dll
  • System.Runtime.Serialization.Json.dll
  • System.ServiceModel.dll
  • System.ServiceModel.Syndication.dll
  • System.ServiceModel.Web.dll
  • System.Xml.dll
  • System.Xml.Linq.dll
  • System.Xml.Serialization.dll
  • uxcalendar.dll - Windows Live Client UX (Windows Live Client UX Calendar Module)
  • uxcore.dll - Windows Live Client UX Core Module
  • WindowsLive.Client.dll - Windows Live Writer
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Api.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.ApplicationFramework.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.BlogClient.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.BrowserControl.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Controls.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.CoreServices.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Extensibility.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • wlmail.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EC6E793B-762A-4AB2-B4C6-6C72CFE31B44}' (runs on registration).
  • WLSync.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DDA04842-A6A7-43F3-BBF0-D3C302B312CB}' (runs on registration).
  • WindowsLiveWriter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E21A98AA-7A51-4EE0-9DB5-78A1A3697310}' (runs on registration).
  • msnmsgr.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{23231EA7-B77E-4EE6-979C-D33EDA041374}' (runs on registration).
  • wlcomm.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AF87002E-9DAE-48A8-837F-15C8847DEE43}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • wlmail.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Windows Live.
  • wlcrasvc.exe runs as a service named 'wlcrasvc' (wlcrasvc) "Lets you connect over the Internet to this computer and work on it as if you were sitting in front it - you can run the programs on it and browse all the files and folders on it.".
4 Startup Files (User Run)
  • wlmail.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Windows Live Mail' and executes as C:\Program Files\windows live\mail\wlmail.exe.
  • WLSync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'WLSync' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mesh\WLSync.exe" /background.
  • WindowsLiveSync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Windows Live Sync' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe" /background.
  • msnmsgr.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'msnmsgr' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • wlmail.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #2' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\wlmail.exe /mailurC:"mailtC:?subject=Invitation%20to%20view%20photographs&body=Gallery%3A%0D%0Ahttp%3A//stevenbarber.zenfolio.com/p1048386488%20%20%0D%0A%0D%0ASlides.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • wlmail.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Live Mail' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\wlmail.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • wlcomm.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe'.
  • WindowsLiveSync.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Sync\WindowsLiveSync.exe'.
  • msnmsgr.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:17.3 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0114065119%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00464664%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00675987%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:118,860
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:8.4 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:5.84 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:56.14 MB
Total CPU:0.0088091220%
Kernel CPU:0.00562422%
User CPU:0.00318491%

How do I remove Windows Live?

You can uninstall Windows Live from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Live, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Windows Live.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.50%
Windows 10 30.71%
Windows Vista 7.73%
Windows XP 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.32%
Windows 10 Home 12.19%
Windows 7 Professional 10.79%
Windows 8.1 8.31%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.92%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.09%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.84% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 55.84%
  Canada 13.62%
  United States 11.27%
  Belgium 4.39%
  MA 4.25%
  DZ 2.34%
  Switzerland 1.54%
  TN 1.42%
  United Kingdom 0.75%
  Italy 0.68%
  Germany 0.65%
  Spain 0.31%
  Luxembourg 0.20%
  Netherlands 0.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.57%
Acer 20.64%
Dell 15.69%
ASUS 11.95%
Samsung 9.86%
Toshiba 7.89%
Lenovo 1.61%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.62%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.99%
ASUS All Series 3.99%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 3.57%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.87%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.80%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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