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How to avoid the mandatory upgrade to the HORRIBLE Windows Live Essent


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Poll: Do you still use Windows Live Essentials 2009? (10 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you think of the forced upgrade to Windows Live Essentials 2011?

  1. Right (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Wrong (4 votes [33.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. Yes I use Windows Live Essentials 2009 (1 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  4. No I do not use Windows Live Essentials 2009 (7 votes [58.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

Do you use an older version of Windows Live Messenger 2009?

  1. Windows Live Messenger 8.5 (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. MSN Messenger 7.5 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Other older version (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. No I do not use Windows Live Messenger (10 votes [100.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 100.00%

Do you ever want to upgrade to Windows Live Essentials 2011 version?

  1. No never (7 votes [70.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 70.00%

  2. Yes (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Not sure (2 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  4. Microsoft have now released WLE 2012. Will you upgrade to it? (0 votes [0.00%])

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  5. Yes (0 votes [0.00%])

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  6. No Never (0 votes [0.00%])

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  7. Not Sure (1 votes [10.00%] - View)

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#26
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CoffeeFiend wrote re Windows Live Essentials 2008-
That it's a truly awful program. There's far better photo managers and viewers out there (Adobe Bridge, Acdsee, Bibble, etc)


Well the WL Photo Gallery 2008 is quite nice and it looks exactly like Windows Vista Explorer which has the blue strip on the top. And it also looks like Windows Vista Photo Gallery. Even more so than what WL Photo Gallery 2009 does.

Well I think the photo Gallery is all right to use. And you could just keep the WL Photo Gallery 2008 and maybe WL Mail 2008. And WL writer 2008 if you use WL writer,which I don't.

But if you are going to use the Messenger I would use WL Messenger 2009 the latest version. Because WL Messenger 8.5 is no longer supported. But then if you install WL Messenger 2009,it will also upgrade WL Photo Gallery 2008 and the other WLE 2008 to WLE2009 version.

But that's better than WLE 2011 version. Any version is. Andrea Borman.

Edited by andreaborman, 05 August 2012 - 04:26 PM.

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Well the WL Photo Gallery 2008 is quite nice

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree then. I'd say all versions are universally useless for numerous reasons, from no RAW support at all in old versions (pre-2011) and no support for PSD files either, to extremely limited tagging/organizing/retouching options and numerous other missing features (nevermind the awful interface)

If I was really stuck using it (the very last resort), I'd use version 2011 because at least it has support for RAW files (so it's not as useless)

Either ways, I have zero use for any of the Live apps.
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Well the WL Photo Gallery 2008 is quite nice

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree then. I'd say all versions are universally useless for numerous reasons, from no RAW support at all in old versions (pre-2011) and no support for PSD files either, to extremely limited tagging/organizing/retouching options and numerous other missing features (nevermind the awful interface)

If I was really stuck using it (the very last resort), I'd use version 2011 because at least it has support for RAW files (so it's not as useless)

Either ways, I have zero use for any of the Live apps.


Well I installed WLE 2008 on that Windows 7 netbook. To show readers how it looks. But nice as it is,I am going to install WLE 2009 the latest version. Because WL Messenger 2009 version is the only other version that you can make video calls with.

With MSN Messenger 7.5 and WL Messenger 8.5 video calls don't work. Unless your contact is also using the same version of Messenger. But with WL Messenger 2009,you can make video calls to someone on WL Messenger 2011. And the person on WL Messenger 2011 can make calls to a contact on WL Messenger 2009 version.

So WL Messenger 2009 is the one to get if you don't want to use WL Messenger 2011 version. As all of the features still work on WL Messenger 2009. Andrea Borman.

Edited by andreaborman, 05 August 2012 - 05:15 PM.

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I'm fairly certain I have WLE installed someplace but I don't think I use it for anything. As far as messengers go, I actually use Astra for Live IM.
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I don't use win update (not since Win ME)
so I have no problems with this enforce :P

I only wait SP's and there they don't put that crap :)
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this has NOTHING to do with WindowsUpdate. The message to upgrade occurs if you try to login to the Messenger 2009.
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I just read on the web that Microsoft have just brought out a Windows Live Essentials 2012. And it is on the Microsoft website now.

And from what I saw from the screenshots it is even worse than WLE 2011 version. And they say it is only for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

But if you hate WLE 2011 version,you will hate WLE 2012 more. From the screenshots,WLE 2012 looks more confusing than WLE 2011. And there is more Ribbon in WLE 2012 WL Photo Gallery and WL Mail.

And Microsoft have just brought out WLE 2012 now. At a time when everyone is angry about the forced update from WLE 2009 version to WLE 2011 version.

And now Microsoft have brought out an even worse version than WLE 2011,WLE 2012.

But as for me I am not going to install WLE 2011. So I am certainly not going to install WLE 2012. NO WAY. I am staying with WLE 2009 version.Andrea Borman.

Edited by andreaborman, 11 August 2012 - 05:41 AM.

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I just read on the web that Microsoft have just brought out a Windows Live Essentials 2012. And it is on the Microsoft website now.

And from what I saw from the screenshots it is even worse than WLE 2011 version. And they say it is only for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

But if you hate WLE 2011 version,you will hate WLE 2012 more. From the screenshots,WLE 2012 looks more confusing than WLE 2011. And there is more Ribbon in WLE 2012 WL Photo Gallery and WL Mail.

And Microsoft have just brought out WLE 2012 now. At a time when everyone is angry about the forced update from WLE 2009 version to WLE 2011 version.

And now Microsoft have brought out an even worse version than WLE 2011,WLE 2012.

But as for me I am not going to install WLE 2011. So I am certainly not going to install WLE 2012. NO WAY. I am staying with WLE 2009 version.Andrea Borman.


I've been using WLM 2011 and 2012 extensively for the past three days...There doesn't seem to be a difference between the two.
I wish that 2012 supported Windows Vista though. Ridiculous.

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UltimateSilence wrote-
I've been using WLM 2011 and 2012 extensively for the past three days...There doesn't seem to be a difference between the two.
I wish that 2012 supported Windows Vista though. Ridiculous.


No WLE 2012 does not support Windows Vista. It does not even support Windows 8 Consumer Preview.WLE 2012 is only for Windows 7 and Windows 8 Release Preview.

But Microsoft have tried to force a mandatory upgrade to WLE 2011 version this month. Which most people, including me have avoided. Now they make an even worse version than WLE 2011 version,WLE 2012. This has got to be a joke surely. Andrea Borman.
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