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Should I remove Windows Live Mail?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,028
United States Rank #7,862
Reach 0.0505%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.81 days
348.42 days >
Average installed length: 183.07 days


16.4.3505.0912 1.00%
15.4.3502.0922 4.42%
14.0.8117.0416 1.41%
14.0.8089.0726 1.41%
14.0.8064.0206 0.50%
14.0.8050.1202 0.10%
12.0.1606.1023 90.26%
12.0.1365.0817 0.30%
12.0.1270.0817 0.10%
12.0.1184.0517 0.50%

Typically installed together

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Windows Live Mail

What is Windows Live Mail?

Windows Live Mail is a free of charge email client from Microsoft. It is the successor to Outlook Express on Windows XP and Windows Mail on Windows Vista. The application is available for download via the Windows Essentials suite.


The most common release is 12.0.1606.1023, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 wlmail.exe. The setup package generally installs about 48 files and is usually about 1.05 MB (1,097,216 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{583EF20C-4DD0-43B0-8178-F0E8F76BBB09}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{70854FE6-3BF1-4C69-94D0-BEB821102E34}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.05 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Mail

Program executable:wlmail.exe
Name:Windows Live Mail
Additional files:
  • maillang.dll - Messenger (Windows Live Mail)
  • wab32res.dll - Microsoft (R) Contacts DLL
  • msmail.dll
  • abimport.dll - Windows Live Address Book Import Module
  • mailacct.dll - Microsoft Internet Account Manager
  • mailcomm.dll - Microsoft Internet Messaging API Resources
  • mailimp.dll - Windows Live Mail Import & Export
  • mailres2.dll
  • mailrt2.dll - Microsoft Windows Live Mail RT Lib
  • smapi.dll
  • ucspell.dll - Spell Checker
  • wabapi.dll
  • wlmfilter.dll - Microsoft® ASC (Windows Live Mail Desktop Filter Library)
  • actorbas.dll - Basic Actor
  • adorner.dll - Adorner
  • aimg.dll - Image Actor
  • alayout.dll - Layout Actor
  • canproxy.dll - Canvas proxy
  • canvas.dll - Canvas base
  • cnvsshrd.dll - Canvas shared
  • dgeneral.dll - DXT general
  • msspell3.dll - Natural Language Components (Microsoft Speller)
  • pibase.dll - Publish base
  • piorg.dll - PIOrganize
  • uxcore.dll - Windows Live Client UX (Windows Live Client UX Core Module)
  • wcics.dll - Windows Live Mail (Windows Live Mail ICS Parser)
  • wcstore.dll - Windows Live Mail Calendar Store
  • wcstoreproxy.dll - Windows Live Mail Calendar Store Proxy
  • wcsync.dll - Windows Live Mail Calendar Sync
  • wldlog.dll - Windows Live Desktop Logging

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • wlmail.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8C3A23E7-C1C4-4412-A7F2-F8029E722715}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • wlmail.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Windows Live Mail.
Startup File (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.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • wlmail.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\wlmail.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:79.15 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001066485%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002155%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00008510%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:11,328,191
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:42.14 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:32.84 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Windows Live Mail?

You can uninstall Windows Live Mail 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 Mail, 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 Mail.

Win Vista (SP2) 45%
Win 8 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 54.93%
Windows XP 30.49%
Windows 7 12.42%
Windows 10 2.16%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 49.46%
Microsoft Windows XP 30.69%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.75%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.99%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.49%
Windows Vista Business 1.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.50%
  Germany 13.75%
  United Kingdom 7.97%
  France 3.15%
  Italy 2.71%
  MA 2.71%
  Canada 2.28%
  DZ 2.28%
  Australia 1.49%
  Netherlands 1.31%
  TN 1.23%
  Spain 1.23%
  Brazil 1.23%
  Taiwan 1.05%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.20%
Medion 20.30%
Hewlett-Packard 14.26%
Acer 7.89%
American Megatrends 7.38%
Toshiba 7.38%
Intel 3.19%
Sahara 2.68%
Gateway 1.34%
ASUS 0.84%
Sony 0.84%
Common models
Dell Studio 1535 8.24%
Medion P8610 7.57%
Dell XPS M1530 6.01%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 5.35%
MEDION P6612 4.23%

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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