Options to install Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Essentials [WLE] was a collections of applications primarily released for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Older versions would also work with Windows XP.

WLE contained a number of applications including Windows Live Mail [WLM]- which is an upgrade to Windows Mail that came in Windows Vista as well as Outlook Express in Windows XP.

While WLM had a few nice additions, one thing I didn’t like was that every Email was contained in its own file. So 10,000 Emails would mean 10,000 files. In comparison, Outlook Express had one file per folder and Outlook had one file for everything.

You can directly download the offline installation file [130MB] here.

Note that as a prerequisite, .net Framework 4 is required [install .net Framework 4.6 which was released in July 2015].

Windows 10 doesn’t have most of these applications because the applications were superseded with new applications.

To install, run the installer with the following options:

wlsetup-all.exe /AppSelect:,! /q /log: /noMU /noHomepage /noLaunch /noSearch

/log: logging your installation

/noMU disable Windows Update

/noHomepage prevent homepage to become Msn.com

/noLaunch prevent Messenger to launch just after installation as finished

/noSearch prevent your default search engin to be replaced by Bing.com

/q mean silent installation

/AppSelect: select features you want to install can be:

  • ALL (Full live essential)
  • Mail
  • PhotoGallery
  • OLC (Outlook Connector)
  • Messenger
  • Writer
  • MovieMaker
  • Companion (Messenger Companion)
  • FamilySafety
  • wlsync (Live Mesh)
  • Bingbar
  • idcrl (Live Sign in Assistant)

! are features that should not be installed

Here are some examples :

Installing Messenger and Live Writer only:

wlsetup-all.exe /AppSelect:Messenger,Writer /q

Installing full package except Bingbar and MovieMaker:

wlsetup-all.exe /AppSelect:ALL,!moviemaker,!Bingbar /q


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