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Should I remove Windows Live Essentials?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8
United States Rank #4
Reach 31.5266%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 535.32 days
1351.86 days >
Average installed length: 710.30 days


16.4.3528.0331 14.24%
16.4.3522.0110 1.54%
16.4.3508.0205 7.87%
16.4.3505.0912 13.09%
16.4.3503.0728 3.61%
16.4.3300.0619 0.00%
16.4.3286.0604 0.01%
15.4.3555.0308 17.31%
15.4.3538.0513 11.04%
15.4.3508.1109 10.77%
15.4.3502.0922 8.60%
14.0.8117.0416 5.04%
14.0.8117.416 0.00%
14.0.8089.0726 5.04%
14.0.8064.0206 0.62%
14.0.8050.1202 1.22%

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Windows Live Essentials

What is Windows Live Essentials?

Windows Live Essentials 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 Outlook.com, so that they operate as a seamless whole.

About  (from Microsoft)

Windows Live Essentials is a suite of free programs from Microsoft to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most and do more with Windows on your PC. You can edit and share photos and personal videos, manage your email and calendar, publish to your blog, access your files on multiple computers, and help...  Read more


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. It adds an extension to the user's Internet Explorer web browser. 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 msnmsgr.exe. The setup package generally installs about 162 files and is usually about 155.64 MB (163,200,354 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials
Help link: support.live.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Windows Live\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Installer\wlarp.exe
Estimated size: 155.64 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Essentials

Program executable:msnmsgr.exe
Name:Windows Live Messenger
Path:C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
Windows Live Messenger (formerly named MSN Messenger) is an instant messaging client. Windows Live Messenger uses the Microsoft Notification Protocol (MSNP) over TCP (and optionally over HTTP to deal with proxies) to connect to Microsoft...
Additional files:
  • abssm.dll - Windows Live Messenger Contacts Server Syncronization Module
  • lmcdata.dll - Windows Live Messenger Contacts Server Data Module
  • PresenceIM.dll - Windows Live Client Presence and IM Code Module
  • liveNatTrav.dll - Windows Live Client Nat Traversal Code Module
  • ObjectStore.dll - Windows Live Client ObjectStore Code Module
  • wlsoxe.dll - Windows Live Social Object Extractor Engine
  • livetransport.dll - Windows Live Client Transport Code Module
  • ABImport.dll - Windows Live Address Book Import Module
  • condb.dll - Windows Live Communications Platform (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
  • contact.dll - Windows Live Contacts Server Services 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
  • 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
  • maillang.dll
  • 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
  • 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
  • WindowsLive.Writer.FileDestinations.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.HtmlEditor.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.HtmlParser.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Instrumentation.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Interop.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Interop.Mshtml.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Localization.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Mshtml.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.Passport.dll
  • WindowsLive.Writer.PostEditor.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Extension
  • WriterBrowserExtension.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class ##TOOLBAR_DISABLED_##{219c3416-8cb2-491a-a3c7-d9fcddc9d600}.
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).
  • wlcomm.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AF87002E-9DAE-48A8-837F-15C8847DEE43}' (runs on registration).
  • wloobe.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8C7D117A-DB14-453B-931D-21AB37765527}' (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.".
3 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.
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'.
  • wlmail.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\wlmail.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:33.82 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0084370971%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00556710%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00287000%
0.015104% average
Memory:13.78 MB
Total CPU:0.0190453630%
Kernel CPU:0.00656623%
User CPU:0.01247913%
CPU cycles/sec:361,429
I/O reads/min:81.91 KB
I/O writes/min:5.84 KB

How do I remove Windows Live Essentials?

You can uninstall Windows Live Essentials 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 Essentials, 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 Essentials.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Windows Live Essentials you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.90%
Windows 10 33.52%
Windows Vista 4.56%
Windows XP 2.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.05%
Windows 8.1 11.84%
Windows 10 Home 9.26%
Windows 7 Professional 8.04%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.43%
Windows 8 4.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.79%
  Germany 6.47%
  United Kingdom 5.30%
  Italy 4.03%
  Canada 3.13%
  Brazil 2.78%
  Netherlands 2.00%
  Australia 2.00%
  France 1.40%
  Spain 1.39%
  Sweden 1.10%
  Belgium 0.99%
  Mexico 0.84%
  India 0.73%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 34.96%
Dell 20.08%
Acer 14.76%
ASUS 11.15%
Toshiba 8.20%
Samsung 3.54%
Lenovo 2.38%
Medion 1.10%
MSI 0.78%
Intel 0.69%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.05%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.78%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.51%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.11%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.89%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.94%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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