Microsoft has released a new version of the Live Essentials Suite. So it’s time to write a new Blogpost about the news and where you can download the full installer.
In Windows 7 and 8 Microsoft has decided not to include any of the Windows Live programs ( Messenger, Mail, Writer, Sky Drive, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety and Toolbar) if you have any user in your organization that want to use any of the programs you might want to deploy them using a MSI package or a script . But when you try to download the program from http://download.live.com you only get an .exe file that then will download the programs that you want to install.
To get the whole Windows Live package in one file use the links at the bottom of this page.
You now have the installer directly from Microsoft’s download site.
When you have downloaded the package install the features that you want to use on a test computer. When the installation has finished you will see that some of the programs have dependencies to each other. To get Movie Maker to work you have to have Photo Gallery installed. And to get Photo Gallery to work you need Microsoft SQL 2005 Compact edition. So don’t scratch your head to much when you see that Photo Gallery is installed even though you just selected Movie Maker
But where is the MSI?
The MSI file is located in C:\Windows\Installer
To find out exact what the files that you need is called you need to look in the registry.
Do a search for live in the following registry key.
Go through the folders that look like 5DD3EF3C1E293CE4DBB628D29DE99819 and look in the folder called InstallProperties until you find the right program. When you have found the program look for LocalPackage and there is the path to the MSI for that program.
If you are using the MSI to install the product remember the dependencies!!
Scripting the installation:
If you are more into scripting you can also do a scripted installation of the Windows Live Programs. To do that download wlsetup-all.exe the same way as above.
Here are the different command line options that you can play with:
Exampel: WLSetup-all.exe /AppSelect:Messenger /SILENT /QUIET
- NOToolbarCEIP (to not opt into Toolbar CEIP)
- NOhomepage (to not set home page defaults)
- Nolaunch (blocks all applications from running automatically after your installation is complete)
- NOMU (to opt the computer into Microsoft Update)
- nosearch (to not set search defaults)
- q (for a silent/unattended install)
ProdID’s for the command line:
Messenger (Should not be installed is replaced by Skype)
wlsync (Sky Drive)
When you deploy a program in an enterprise environment you don’t want the user to answer any questions that can generate a support call because the user don’t know what to answer.
Add the following to the registry using Group Policy Preferences or a script.
Suppress the EULA
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Common TOUVersion=”188.8.131.52″
Skip Sign in to the Windows Live account in Photo Gallery
This is not required so why prompt the user to do it?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery
Value Name= SignInRemindersLeft
Value Data= 0
Don’t ask the user to change file associations for picture file types
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\Library
Download the offline installation: