Vague Windows Live Essentials Update Detailed

Late last month, Microsoft pushed out an important update to the Windows Live Essentials software suite which contained “critical fixes”. As I expressed in my blog post covering the topic, I was giddy with curiosity about what exactly the update would bring. And now, the truth is finally revealed; Neowin spotted a post on Microsoft Answers which contained a few details of what’s inside the critical update. Described as “improving performance” in WLE 2011, here are the changes:

  1. Setup:  During installation, the splash screen loads faster after user accepts UAC prompt.
  2. Windows Live Mail:  When users click on photos within Windows Live Mail that are hosted on SkyDrive or Facebook, instead of using the Client Album Viewer to view the photos, a browser opens the web album viewer for that application.
  3. Windows Live Messenger:   Fixes the Messenger sign-in error “0x84cb000c” and the Messenger crash or hang when accepting/declining a pending invitation. When users click on photos are hosted on SkyDrive or Facebook, instead of using the Client Album Viewer to view the photos, a browser opens the web album viewer for that application.
  4. Windows Live Movie Maker:  Fixes error “80004003” where Windows Live Movie Maker can’t open project files.  Fixes setup failure error “80040705” and error “87260103” or when Movie Maker becomes unresponsive, hangs when adding WMV video files.
  5. Windows Photo gallery:  Microsoft updated authorization method required to publish to Flickr and Facebook.  Microsoft updated authorization method to communicate with Bing Maps services for geo tagging.
The update will be optional for a little while, but, in time, it will be required to continue to use the Windows Live Essentials applications. The update impacts Vista SP2 and Windows 7 users.

Short: Microsoft Push Out Minor Windows Live Essentials Update

On Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite of software: Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety, Writer, and Mesh. While the update doesn’t introduce much in the way of features, it is pretty important to update. Microsoft stated in a blog post that the update “contains critical fixes”, and, as a result, Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 users will see a notification prompting them to update.

The update is available in 48 languages, so pretty much all Windows Live Essentials users will be able to take advantage of it. While we don’t know much of what this update actually does, we do at least know the build number for those of you keeping count: 15.4.3555.0308. I do wish they released a changelog, I’m genuinely curious about what the update has to offer now. Various commenters on the announcement blog post concur.

Whatever the case, though, you should just update because it seems important.

Automatically Set Up Email Accounts in Outlook Express and Live Mail

It’s not a coincidence that I ran across this cool freeware app today. After reading about my advice to replace Outlook Express with Windows Live Mail, my friend Bob Constans sent me a tip about CodeTwo Outlook AutoConfig.

What is Outlook AutoConfig?

According to the author it’s …

a free tool that will automatically create your email account in Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail just by providing your email address.

That’s right, all you do is launch it, enter your email address, name and client.

Here’s what it looks like.


Outlook AutoConfig will look up the email provider in it’s database and automatically configure your email client to use the correct settings. If it doesn’t work on your provider, you can contact the author to have your provider added to the database.

The next time you launch your email, you will be prompted to enter the password for the account.


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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Manually adding accounts to an email client is one of the toughest tasks involved with email setup. Outlook AutoConfig can make it painless. Since it’s a stand-alone program, no installation is needed and it’s simple to use. I highly recommend it.


Windows Live Essentials 2011 Released

Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011, their software suit for email, pictures, videos, blogging and more.


Windows Live Essentials 2011 has been released by Microsoft. The suite contains software such as Live Messenger, Live Mail, Live Writer, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar and Outlook Connector Pack among others.

The Windows Live Essentials 2011 is a free software suite which aims to make your day to day computing easier. If you are a beta user of the software, the installed software will be upgraded. New users will be able to choose and install the software they want.

You can download and install Windows Live Essentials 2011 by visiting this link.

Recover Unsaved Posts In Windows Live Writer After a Crash

Earlier today, I had a system crash which ended up me having to reset the computer through the power button. Unfortunately, I had 4 Windows Live Writer windows open with different posts I was researching about. Now, I had done quite a few hours of work with those posts and losing them would definitely be a pain in the posterior.

With Windows Live Writer 3, I had an option to automatically save posts after 2 minutes, however, To my surprise and annoyance WLW 4 which is included in Windows Live Essentials Beta does not include an option to automatically save posts after a certain time. Now, I had thought that I had lost all the work and had to rewrite all the posts again, but was saved all the double work.


Thankfully Microsoft has added a new feature which allowed for an Auto-recovery if Windows Live Writer 4 did not shut down properly or crashed. The next time I started up WLW, I saw the message from the screenshot above, clicking on the "Recover changes now (recommended)" link magically recovered all the posts again, saving me a lot of time and hassles.

This feature is not available in Windows Live Writer 3, however, you can also recover unsaved posts if WLW crashed unexpectedly by browsing through the temp folder. WLW 3 creates a temp folder at the location, where "User" is your PC username:


When you browse to this folder you will see several folders in that, just view details and sort through date to look through them, the temporary post should be stored inside a file called "index.htm". You can open or view the files in this folder to find the post you could not save due to the crash. There is a 99.5% recovery rate through this folder.

However, if you want to get the benefit of Auto-recovery, go ahead and download Windows Live Essentials which also includes Windows Live Writer 4, and someone please tell Microsoft that they should not have removed a life-saver feature like Auto-save.

Windows Live Writer Wave 4 Keyboard Shortcuts

The one reason I have been delaying the upgrade to the new Windows Live Essentials beta was the removal of the Ctrl + L shortcut key for inserting images in Windows Live Writer. That was one of the most important shortcuts for me, and I really gave a damn to the new ribbon UI for inserting images.

Also Read: Ultimate List of Windows Live Writer Tips and Tricks

However, I recently upgraded to Windows Live Wave 4 including updating Windows Live Writer, because I found out that the shortcut key did exist, however, it was changed to Ctrl + J instead.

In addition to that Windows Live Writer Wave 4 also has several other shortcuts including those which allow you to apply paragraph and headline styles using . This feature was requested by me in my Windows Live Writer wish list.

If you want to know about more Windows Live Writer Wave 4 keyboard shortcuts, Aaron Bregel has put up the full list which can be viewed here. I found the image shortcut there too :-).

Windows Live Essentials Beta Available For Downloads

Windows Live Essentials which was earlier known as Windows Live Wave 4 has reached a beta stage will be available for downloads starting tomorrow. Windows Live Essentials contain a set of free software that will allow you to instant message, play around with photos, edit movies, check email and also blog.

Windows Live Essential Beta

The biggest change in this release is the cloud integration for the different apps along with Social networking, blogging and document productivity. Most of the new apps will allow you to interact with SkyDrive, , , , Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and more.

Windows Live Essentials definitely provide a great set of software including Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Mail. Windows Live Photo Gallery is also a pretty good

Downloads will be available at this page when it goes live. Check out a video of the Windows Live Essentials in action below. For more info visit the announcement post here.