Offline installer for Windows Live Essentials - WLSetup-All.exe
UPDATE 2015: Here is the offline link for Windows Live Essentials 2012.
My brother and his wife came over today and the kids went trick or treating. His wife mentioned she wanted to make a quick DVD of the pictures and movies we took, so I suggested Movie Maker. However, they only have dial-up and wanted an offline installer I could just put on a USB Stick (I actually figured I'd put it on their camera's SD Card.)
I went to http://download.live.com and searched all over, looking for an offline installer. I Googled with Bing, and then Googled with Google for things like "Windows Live Offline Installer" and found nothing but confusion.
Then I figured out this bizarre bit of UI on the Live Essentials download page. Rather than offering a small link for "offline installer" or a choice, you have to click Download which will attempt to start a Download of Windows Live Essentials online bootstrapper. It will then go and download just the programs you want.
However, if you cancel the download immediately, there's a "Try Again" button and some text that no one (including me) reads:
"Trying again downloads a standalone installer to your computer. This takes a little while, but may work better, depending on your connection settings."
Um, OK. I wouldn't label that Try Again, but OK.
Long story short, here's direct downloads for the Windows Live Essentials English Language ONLINE and OFFLINE installers. They are current as of the writing of this blog post. I'm not sure if they are version-specific downloads but I will try to keep them up to date.
- Windows Live Essentials OFFLINE English Installer - 134 megabytes total.
- Windows Live Essentials ONLINE English Installer - 1 megabyte bootstrapper
Or, if you want an offline installer in other languages, go to http://download.live.com, click Download, cancel it, then click Try Again. I think it's weird, but there you go.