Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Windows Live Suite: New Releases and New Pains

Microsoft has recently released new versions of the new Live Suite which includes:
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Sign-In Assistant
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Toolbar
Windows Live Photo Gallery

They decided to go with a single installer for the whole package which (in my experience) the most awkward installer ever. Not only that it takes ages to run but also it fails to download the installers (might be a proxy problem on my setup). I searched the web over and over to find the standalone installers but to no use until today.

New Features:

I only use Live Writer and Messenger so I don't know about the others. For Live Writer, it now supports uploading images to blogger based blogs and there is a new option to insert videos in the blogs supporting youTube, MSN soapBox and others.
For Messenger however, I didn't find any new features or options just a minor facelift.

How to avoid the awkward installer and use the standalone ones:

1. Go to http://cid-9e63a4688135fd45.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/LiveSuiteEN

2. Download the msi you require for each product depending on the following:

Windows Live Writer
Install_{1F973A7F-3FE4-4D11-A9A2-E869C2899A7D}.msi

Windows Live Messenger
Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi

Windows Live Sign-In Assistant
Install_{CB5EA99C-8A5B-49F2-9A1A-2EF78BE4DB41}.msi

Windows Live Mail
Install_{EDB619FD-4E71-403C-8E99-DFC9CF9DD345}.msi

Windows Live Toolbar
Install_{C6876FE6-A314-4628-B0D7-F3EE5E35C4B4}.msi

Windows Live Photo Gallery
Install_{AA436FBD-2595-479B-8DDE-E9C36F50D99D}.msi

P.S. For Microsoft: You were doing a great job with the Live Products don't screw them up with awkward installations.

1 comment:

yaserxp said...

I couldn't agree more. This new “single” installer is just a pain in the aahhhhhh!!

It worked with me, but I can't stand installers that want to install multiple programs at once.

A big “Thanks” for providing those standalone ones :)