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Should I remove Windows Live Installer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,365
United States Rank #5,279
Reach 0.0915%


16.4.3505.0912 0.78%
16.4.3503.0728 0.11%
15.4.3502.0922 2.99%
12.0.1471.1025 95.34%
12.0.1320.823 0.78%

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Windows Live Installer

What is Windows Live Installer?

Windows Live Installer was the name of the website and software given to serve the purposes of allowing users to discover, download and install Windows Live software and services. Users were able to select the Windows Live software they wished to install on the website, and the website would pass on the information to the unified installer software such that the installer will only download and install those applications selected.


The most common release is 12.0.1471.1025, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. The primary executable is named wlsetupsvc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 1.89 MB (1,984,000 bytes). The installed file wlupdate.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials
Help link: get.live.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows live\installer
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{C424CD5E-EA05-4D3E-B5DA-F9F149E1D3AC}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.89 MB
Language: Italian

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Installer

Program executable:wlsetupsvc.exe
Name:Windows Live installer
Windows Live Setup Service
Path:C:\Program Files\windows live\installer\wlsetupsvc.exe
Windows Live Installer is a package that lets you install and update several Microsoft applications like Windows Live Messenger, the Windows Live photo gallery and more.
Additional files:
  • dashboardloc.dll
  • msvcr80.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • dashboard.exe - Windows Live installer (Windows Live installer client executable)
  • dashboardres.dll - Windows Live installer resource DLL
  • uxcore.dll - Windows Live Client UX (Windows Live Client UX Core Module)
  • defmgr.exe - Default Manager (Microsoft Default Manager)
  • langselector.exe - Windows Live (Windows Live Language Selection)
  • wlsettings.exe - Windows Live Settings
  • wlshim.dll - Windows Live Installer
  • wlsres.dll
  • wlstartup.exe - Windows Live Essentials
  • wlupdate.dll
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • wlsetupsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Live Setup Service' (WLSetupSvc) "Windows Live Setup Service".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.27 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000967126%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00008953%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000718%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:10,075
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:42 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:25.28 MB
Total CPU:0.0151917229%
Kernel CPU:0.00788621%
User CPU:0.00730551%
Memory:9 MB
Total CPU:0.0000579068%
Kernel CPU:0.00002030%
User CPU:0.00003761%

How do I remove Windows Live Installer?

You can uninstall Windows Live Installer 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 Installer, 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 Installer.

Win Vista (SP2) 45%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 53.33%
Windows XP 32.38%
Windows 7 10.76%
Windows 10 3.53%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 44.86%
Microsoft Windows XP 32.71%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.52%
Windows 7 Home Premium 4.87%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.23%
Windows 10 Home 1.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.81%
  Germany 11.14%
  United Kingdom 7.46%
  France 4.34%
  Canada 4.01%
  Italy 2.50%
  Japan 2.36%
  Spain 1.89%
  Australia 1.84%
  Israel 1.46%
  Netherlands 1.37%
  Belgium 1.09%
  Brazil 1.04%
  Greece 0.71%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.21%
Dell 20.84%
Medion 13.16%
Acer 11.52%
Toshiba 8.50%
American Megatrends 6.58%
Intel 5.12%
Sahara 3.38%
NEC 2.74%
Gateway 0.91%
Common models
Medion P8610 6.25%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 4.39%
MEDION P6612 3.72%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.55%
MEDION P6613 2.87%

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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