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Windows Live Mail


My PC has downloaded and installed Windows Live Mail.
Is it a replacement for Outlook Express for Windows &?
Should I replace MS Office Outlook (not Outlook Express) with this Windows Live Mail?



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Outlook Express.

Yes I noticed this as well. The last Windows Update offered me Windows Live Mail. I've refused the update so far because I don't need it or the extras it offers either. It surprised me that Microsoft has attempted to download and install their software this way because it is not a security or critical update, and neither is it an Operating System update. it is just an application.

I haven't yet found a way to 'hide' the update from my list.

In your case it seems WLM has been downloaded and installed. You're right that it is a replacement for Outlook Express, but you don't need to use it if you don't want to. If you use Outlook, and you are happy with it, then that's fine, continue using it.

Here's some more information on Windows 7 and Outlook, it might be useful;


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Re: Windows Live Mail installed

Microsoft pushes Windows Live Essentials 2011, either deliberately or by accident, as an important update for Vista and 7 users. I don't mind because I only use XP, but I think it's a bad thing. Anyway, you can uninstall it again from Control Panel.

But installing and uninstalling will cost a LOT of disc space (the $NTUninstall folders in Windows, the $hf_mig, and 2 System Restores) for a 160 MB download. It's outrageous.

Read about it in

Anyway, your Outlook now has the Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and the MS Outlook Social Connector Provider for Messenger. Don't you love that?


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My suspicions are confirmed then.

Thanks Kees.


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I use Outlook 2003; I do not see Hotmail connector

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