Posted by: kurtsh | November 17, 2008

HOWTO: Download the .MSI Installation Files for Windows Live products

[I stole this off of Robert McLaw’s site from one of the comments that was posted]

image An easy way to download the .MSI installation files for Windows Live product betas is to download and install the Windows Live products to a 32-bit machine and navigate to:

%systemroot%System32configsystemprofileLocal SettingsApplication DataWindowsLiveInstallerMsiSources

Copy the .msi files to a data stick and run the .msi files on the PC you want to install this on.  This can be useful in particular for Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista x64 installations which can in fact run these Windows Live products but the vaunted “unified installer” for Windows Live products won’t work on these. (Incidentally, I found it hilarious that the Windows Experience blog actually celebrated the release of the unified installer, while it was hailed as a royal pain in the tuckus by much of the online community, resulting in more obscurity & confusion by the end users using it instead of the transparency and ease-of-use that was supposedly the objective. <shakes head>)

Identify the product you’re interested in by the following names in the directory:

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Sign-In Assistant
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Toolbar
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery


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