Before Microsoft Introduced Outlook and Mail as a universal app, users were mainly using Windows Live Mail as their primary email client.
Some people still prefer using Live Mail 2012, before using Mail universal app. But unfortunately, Live Mail was ‘buried’ in Windows 7, and it doesn’t come with Windows 10.
But even if it isn’t pre-installed in Windows 10, Windows Live Mail is still compatible with Microsoft’s newest operating system.
So, you can install it afterward, you’ll have to do a few things more, to make Windows Live Mail work on Windows 10 without any problems.
How to Install Windows Live Mail on Windows 10
Windows Live Mail comes as a part of Windows Essentials, a package of Microsoft’s programs that debuted in Windows 7.
It consists of Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer, OneDrive, and of course Windows Live Mail.
To install Windows Live Mail (as a part of Windows Essentials), do the following:
- Download Windows Essentials from this link
- Run the installer
- When you run the installer, choose Windows Live Mail from the list of programs you want to install (of course, you can install other programs from the package, as well)
- Wait until the installation is finished
Until recently, just installing Windows Live Mail would be enough to run it normally on Windows 10, but that’s not the case anymore. Microsoft recently announced changes to its Outlook, Hotmail, Live and MSN services, and you need to install a certain update to keep it working.
So, after installing Windows Live Mail, just head to this page, download and uninstall the Update KB3093594, which will allow you to run Windows Live Mail on Windows 10.
Even though you’re able to run and use Windows Live Mail on Windows 10, we can’t tell how long will it last, because Microsoft encourages users to switch to the built-in universal Mail app, and it’s possible that the support for Windows Live Mail 2012 will eventually end.
If you’re willing to try new things, we also strongly recommend for you to check out Mailbird.
Mailbird is a great email client app which supports multiple email accounts. You can open your HTML emails and search easily for a specific email from one of your accounts.
Also, you can group and customize your email categories in order to make your work more pleasant and easy. We strongly recommend you this awesome tool, currently the best on the market.
How do I switch from Windows Live Mail to Outlook?
If downloading a particular update (KB3093594) and setting up Windows Live Mail takes too much time, you can always switch to Outlook.
You can easily export all your Windows Live Mail data to your new Outlook account including your contacts, messages and attachments.
What’s your favorite email client for Windows 10? Are you using Windows 10’s Mail app, or you’d like to go old school, and receive your emails on Windows Live Mail?
Tell us in the comments and also make sure to check out our list of the best email clients for your Windows PC.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.