Download Windows Essentials 2012 Offline Installers (Working links)


Windows Essentials or Windows Live Essentials was a very popular suite of apps from Microsoft which included programs like Windows Live Writer, Family Safety, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, SkyDrive, etc. Since Microsoft abandoned the Live brand name, Windows Live Essentials became Windows Essentials.

Since Microsoft has discontinued Windows Essentials suite, the latest version of Windows Essentials remains 2012. Most people have shifted to Windows Essentials alternatives but some people still use some of its components.


Windows Essentials 2012 is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and also Windows 10. Most of the programs offered in the suite are obsolete and can’t be used. But there are some programs like Windows Movie Make which still make sense and people still prefer them because of ease of use.


Here is the complete list of apps installed with the suite and whether they are useful or not:

  • Photo Gallery (still works)
  • Movie Maker (still works)
  • Windows Live Mail (still works)
  • Messenger (not working)
  • SkyDrive(now works as OneDrive)
  • Windows Live Writer (still works)

Windows Live Mail still works be it’s not recommended to use it because of the security flaws it brings to the email.

OneDrive has been integrated into Windows 10. So you don’t need to install SkyDrive which is the former name of OneDrive.

Windows Live Writer was one of the most favorite blogging clients especially those who were using WordPress. In my opinion, WordPress’s own editor has been very powerful and feature-rich. Windows Live Writer is too basic for modern blogging tasks. But if you want to use the desktop client, you should use Open Live Writer which is a fork of the original WLW and is updated.

Windows Live Messenger service has been discontinued by Microsoft. So even if you install the utility, it will not work.

Download Windows Essentials 2012

Since Microsoft has already discontinued the suite and the download links are not available from Microsoft, people have asked us to host the original latest version of Windows Essentials on our servers. So here are the latest download links.

  Windows Essentials 2012 Full Setup (English) (131.0 MiB, 259 hits)

  Windows Essentials 2012 Full Setup (German) (133.1 MiB, 32 hits)

Please note that this installer is only for the English and German version. I can’t find the installers for other languages. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be grateful.

Installing Windows Essentials 2012

This software suite requires .NET Framework 3.5 which is not installed by default in Windows 10. You can download and install .NET Framework 3.5 from here. Or you can simply run the installer downloaded from the above-given location. It will automatically guide you to download and install the framework.

NET framework 3 5 installation

NET framework 3 5 installation

After installing the framework, you will get two options:

  1. Install all of Windows Essentials components
  2. Choose the programs you want to install
Windows Essentials 2012 installation options

Windows Essentials 2012 installation options

It’s highly recommended that you select the second option as installing the non-functional programs is of no use. If you choose the second option, you can uncheck the programs you don’t need i.e., Messenger and Mail. If you only want to install Movie maker, you may select “Photo Gallery and Movie Maker”. Uncheck everything else.

Select programs to install including Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

Select programs to install including Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

It will take a few moments and will install the selected components on your computer. You can access the installed programs from the Start Menu.

Movie Maker

Movie Maker

Do you still use Windows Essentials? or have you shifted to alternatives? which Windows Essentials alternatives are you using for your work?

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  1. George Giralt on

    Hi there – looks like all the links here are outdated. I found a website called which links directly to the copies referenced by Marko. Hope this is helpful.

  2. Ditto. I missed / never got the announcement Windows Movie Maker wouldn’t be supported on Win10. Now I’ve got videos, with wlmp (WMM project files) and no means to update them. No alternative. Can’t find *any* software out there that can Open / Import wlmp files (allowing the resulting video to be edited – not just bulk conversion). Happy to pay if necessary.

  3. Thomas Lopez on

    I need the Application as the links in this article are out of date and no longer active. Please update this article with the correct download link. Thanks!!

  4. Its excellent that a repository exists for Windows Applications which are very useful but removed from acquisition by Microsoft (Support Ended) Not all of us in the world are running MS Windows 10. Many are happy with Windows 7 and the historical applications we have learned to use over the past decade or so. Keep up the great work supporting historical off line Windows applications.

    The downloads offered by download and softronic are the web versions which require access to Microsoft repositories which are of course blocked by Microsoft.
    Thanks Agan

  5. John Adams on

    Thank you for your page, clear with the things i need
    no bullshit ads, bundleware for newbies, when will
    those sites realise they are promoting people to go
    elsewhere – to this site, thank you.

  6. Mehrab Hossain on

    I cant install Windows Essentials 2012 16.4.3522.0110 Offline Installers (All Languages)
    on windows 8.1 64 bit . help me sir.

  7. Mehrab Hossain on

    I cant install Windows Essentials 2012 16.4.3522.0110 Offline Installers (All Languages)
    on windows 8.1 64 bit . help me

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