How to download and install Windows Essentials on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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We saw all sorts of great tools from Microsoft over the years, and one of these tools is Windows Essentials.

Windows Essentials worked great on previous versions of Windows, and since this is such widely used set of tools, we decided to make a small guide on how to install Windows Essentials on Windows 10.

Windows Essentials is a collection of Microsoft’s applications and it was first released in 2006.

Over the years Windows Essentials went through various changes with some tools added and others removed from the suite.

Regarding updates, the last update for Windows Essentials was released in 2012, and since Microsoft isn’t actively working on Windows Essentials, many are concerned whether will Windows Essentials run on Windows 10.

We’re pleased to inform you that Windows Essentials can be installed on Windows 10, and that many of its applications work perfectly.

The customer support period ended in January 2017, so it is not available for Windows 10. Currently, Windows Essentials can’t be downloaded from Microsoft Store.

If you need something similar to this product, you may try Microsoft Photos app, where you can create and edit videos with text, music, animations, filters, and 3D effects.

You can also download Windows Essential from third party websites, but on your own risk.

How can I install Windows Essentials on Windows 10?

Installing Windows Essentials on Windows 10 is rather simple, and you can install it by following these steps:

  1. Download Windows Essentials.
  2. Run the setup file.
  3. When you get to the What do you want to install window select Choose the programs you want to install.
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  4. Select the programs you want to install. Make sure that Messenger isn’t selected.
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  5. Click Install and wait for the installation process to finish.
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If you’re not familiar with Windows Essentials, we’ll give you a short guide on what does each application do.

First on our list of tools is OneDrive. As you know, Windows 10 comes with OneDrive preinstalled, therefore you cannot install it using Windows Essentials.

If you want to know what is OneDrive and how it works on Windows 10, we wrote an article about it, so be sure to check it out.

Next on our list is Windows Live Mail. This is a popular email client and direct successor to Outlook Express. If you’re planning to use this client, bear in mind that Windows Live Mail doesn’t work with Outlook anymore.

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If you want to download and use Windows Live Mail on Windows 10, check out this guide.


Photo Gallery is an image viewer with a simple to use interface. In addition to viewing images, this tool allows you to edit images, apply different effects to them and share them online.

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If you want to download and install Photo Gallery on Windows 10, follow the simple steps from this guide.


Photo Gallery not working on Windows 10? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.


Movie Maker is a popular video editing software, and many older users will probably remember that this tool was a part of older versions of Windows.

Microsoft did some changes, and Movie Maker is now a part of Windows Essentials, and it works perfectly on Windows 10.

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Movie Maker has stopped working? Check out this guide and solve the problem in no time.


Windows Live Writer is a blogging client and it allows you to access several major blogging services such as WordPress, SharePoint and many others.

By using this tool you can easily write blog posts right from your desktop, without using the blog’s web interface.

We should also mention Windows Live Messenger. As you remember, we choose not to install this tool because Windows Live Messenger service was discontinued in 2013.

Since Messenger service was canceled, all of its users switched to Skype.

As you can see, Windows Essentials worked great on Windows 10, and you could install it and use it without any problems.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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  • Tried to download Windows Essentials 2012 to a new laptop with Windows 10 64bit… it downloaded but gave me an error message when I tried to use it. Also having trouble finding the exe file in english, any ideas? I’ve used these programs for years and love them both. I do wish Microsoft would allow a download and give us a fix so these great programs can be used. Thanks.