Windows Essentials consists of a collection programs that has evolved for some time now. You might remember the name Windows Live Essentials. It is shorter and has a much simpler name now. There are various programs included in this suite, which has evolved a huge lot over the time. In this article, we will look into Windows Essentials and the installation procedure of the programs present in the same.
As mentioned, Windows Essentials is a suite of free tools, programs and applications provided by the software maker, Microsoft, to all Microsoft Windows users. The latest version has the following applications such as Microsoft SkyDrive, Mail, Writer, Messenger, Family Safety, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Now, Messenger has been phased out and replaced with Skype. In the future updates to this suite, you will see Skype being present. There are plenty of Windows live support tutorials available to install the apps.
The great thing about installing Windows Essentials is that your system will meet the minimum requirements: You need to have Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows Server 2008 R2 installed, a bare minimum 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM memory or higher is necessary. In case of the display, there should be at least a bare minimum of 1024×576 pixels available. For using Windows Movie Maker you need to have a video card that supports at the least DirectX 9 or any higher.
Windows live support guide on how to install Windows Essentials
- First, you need to go to the Windows Essentials website and then you need click or tap the Download Now button.
- Thereafter, you need to click on Windows Essentials
- You will see wlsetup-web.exe file is downloaded. It works as downloader and installer for the Windows Essentials suite of tools.
- Now, you need to run the wlsetup-web.exe file for the installation process to start. You will be able to choose from the Windows Essentials tools for choosing the specific subset, according to your needs. The Essentials suite consists of an application being slowly phased. The software giant replaced Messenger with Skype. It is best to go for the second option. We are talking about the ‘Choose the programs you want to install’ list.
There is a list of available programs. You will not be able to install them separately. But, you can select the programs you need and then click on Install. That’s it. The installation will be over in a few minutes.