As you can see, the All Programs
list does not contain the Windows Live Messenger
application shortcut. So to get it, we will need to
download and install it.
Windows Live Messenger is part of
the Windows Live Essentials package. Windows Live
Essentials require the following :
system: Windows XP with Service
Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), Windows
Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions),
Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit editions),
or Windows Server 2008.
Note : Windows Live
Movie Maker and the slide show feature
of Windows Live Photo Gallery are not
supported on Windows XP.
1 GHz or higher for Windows 7 or Windows
Vista; 800 MHz or higher for Windows XP.
512 MB of RAM for Windows 7 or Windows
Vista; 128 MB (256 MB or more
recommended) for Windows XP.
Minimum 1024 x 768
functionality requires dial-up or
broadband Internet access (provided
separately). Local or long-distance
charges may apply.
Windows Live Toolbar requires Microsoft
Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer
7, or Internet Explorer 8.
video card: Windows Live Movie
Maker requires a video card that
supports DirectX 9.0 or higher, and
Shader Model 2.0 or higher.
Simply by navigating to
http://download.live.com/ , you can choose your
preferred language using the drop down list, and then click on the
Programs you can download include:
Once you click the Download button,
a dialog box to download a file will open, click on
Run . This is
the express download file, where once you run it, it will
connect to the internet to start downloading the
complete application setup files.
If you have the User Account Control feature
enabled, then you will have a pop up box where you need
to press Continue
By default, all the Windows Live
Essentials applications are selected, remove any
application that you do not want to install and then
click on Install
For example, I want to only install
Windows Live Messenger, so I will deselect all the other
applications. The space needed by the Windows Live
Messenger is 66.9 MB.
Once you click install, the setup
wizard will check if some applications are running
opened, if any are running, the installer will inform you that
these applications needed to be closed. For example, I
had Internet Explorer opened, so make your selection by
either permitting the installer to close these programs
for you or ignoring any open programs. Choose to Close
these Programs and then click on Continue
Windows Live Messenger will start
getting downloaded and installed
Installing Windows Live Messenger
will be completed and on the last page, you are given
few options to select, like setting Bing as the default
search provider and setting MSN as your browser home
page. Make your selection and then click on
You are done. Windows Live
Messenger is successfully installed on your Windows 7.
You can start signing up a new Windows Live ID by
clicking on Sign Up, or click
Close to exit.
After you click on Close, Windows
Live Messenger will open.