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Once you've created your Windows Live profile, you are ready to start downloading Windows Live Essentials programs. And the nice thing about Windows Live Essentials now is it's not bundled with the operating system. You actually get to pick and choose the applications or programs you want to download, and that way you are not stuck with the others that you don't need. So, here we are at a different website now, download.live.com. Here's where we see the Download button for downloading Windows Live Essentials. I have already installed mine. But if you want to follow along, click the Download button.
You'll need to run the application. You may see a Security Warning. But go ahead and run it. It's from Microsoft. And then you'll see this Welcome to Windows Live screen, as it prepares the installer. What it's going to show you is what you've already got installed, what you don't have installed, and you can pick and choose exactly what you want to download or install. So, you can see for me, I already have Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery for organizing, editing and sharing my photos, Movie Maker for creating home movies.
The Windows Live toolbar that will appear by default in my Internet Explorer 8, giving me quick access to these applications. Writer for writing blogs, Family Safety options and lots more. So, you'll be able to pick and choose the ones you want to install, and continue with the installation. For me, I get a Close button in the bottom right-hand corner. So I am going to close that up. And notice that I can actually create my Windows Live ID during this process. We did it ahead of time by setting up our profile. So we don't need this window.
You can click Close. So once you have got everything installed, you're ready to follow along. Let's close this up and go down to our Windows orb. Now, if you're still waiting for your programs to install, that's fine. Just sit back and watch. If you have already got them installed, great. Here is where we go to access them. We'll go to All Programs, and you'll notice a folder called Windows Live. Here is where you are going to see a list of those apps or programs that you chose to install. For example, Windows Live Mail.
You have also got Messenger for instant messaging. There is Movie Maker, and Photo Gallery, and Windows Live Writer for creating your blogs. So we are going to explore a number of these programs or applications as we move through the remaining movies in this chapter.
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