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How to Completely Uninstall Windows Essentials 2012

Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a discontinued suite of Microsoft freeware applications that includes e-mail, instant messaging, photo sharing, blogging, and parental control software. The last available version is the 2012 Windows Essentials that has been somewhat stripped to include includes Microsoft Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, SkyDrive (desktop application), Writer, and Messenger. However, Microsoft discontinued its support in January 10th 2017.

Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a discontinued suite of Microsoft freeware applications that includes e-mail, instant messaging, photo sharing, blogging, and parental control software. The last available version is the 2012 Windows Essentials that has been somewhat stripped to include includes Microsoft Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, SkyDrive (desktop application), Writer, and Messenger. However, Microsoft discontinued its support in January 10th 2017.

In the event that Windows Essentials fails, you will want to repair it using its installer. If that fails to function properly, the next logical thing would be to uninstall Windows Essentials and then install it afresh. Here is where the problem comes up. Several users report that after uninstalling Windows Live using the programs and features window from the control panel, running the installer only gives the possibility to choose applications to install, but not repair or remove. If you choose to install, the installer says that everything is installed and working OK but it seems like nothing installed at all or the problem persists. So the question is – how can you completely remove the whole of windows essentials 2012 so that you can reinstall it without the installer not finding an “already installed” pointer?

This is a common problem with corrupted previous Windows Essentials files. The issue can be caused by corrupt files in the registry, or corrupt files in the programs files folder. Here are the ways we have prepared to help you remove Windows Essential 2012 and reinstall it afresh.

Method 1: Completely Uninstall Windows Essential 2012 using Command Prompt

To fix this we recommend that you uninstall the application using CMD line parameter this is different from uninstalling the application via control panel. This will clean out all related files of your Windows Essentials that are stored in your system. To do this, please execute the steps below:

Step 1: Run the Fix it Tool

This troubleshooting tool by Microsoft will look for uninstalled programs from your registry and try to force them to uninstall. It will remove bad registry key on your operating systems and resolves problems that prevent programs from being completely uninstalled and blocking new installations and updates. If you had tried to uninstall Windows Essentials by deleting its files in program files, this step will come in handy.

  1. Download Fix it Tool from Microsoft here
  2. Double click on the troubleshooter file you downloaded to run it
  3. Click next when the troubleshooter launches and wait for the scan to complete
  4. You will be asked whether you want to uninstall a program or install it. In our case, select ‘uninstalling’
  5. The program will scan the PC and give you a list
  6. Select Windows Essentials if it appears on your list and click next. If you don’t see windows essential, you have an option of using the product code
  7. Click next and then select ‘yes, try uninstall’ and let the troubleshooter run.

You can rerun the troubleshooter and select ‘Installing’ to troubleshoot problems that are preventing programs form installing.

preventing programs form installing.

Step 2: Uninstall Windows Live Essential via Command prompt

Unlike the control program uninstallation, this will clear all Windows Live Essentials files. Below are the steps on how to uninstall Windows Live Essentials via CMD line parameter.

  1. Open the start menu and type CMD to search for command prompt
  2. Right click on cmd and run as administrator
  3. Run the following commands to uninstall Windows Live Essentials: (64 bit) “c:\program files (x86)\windows live\installer\wlarp.exe” /cleanup:all /q
     (32 bit) “c:\program files\windows live\installer\wlarp.exe” /cleanup:all /q
  4.  A dialog box shows status until uninstallation has completed

Note: The uninstaller for Windows Live Essentials 2011 can also be downloaded from here if the local copy is corrupted.

Step 3: Reinstall Windows Live Essentials

  1. Download Windows Live Essentials offline installer from here. You will not find it on Microsoft because it is no longer supported therefore it is not available for download.
  2. Double click to run it
  3. Select features to install and finish the installation

Check if the issue still persists.

3 Comments

  1. I have run into an unusual problem after installing Windows essentials 2012. The “essential” I install is Photo Gallery on Windows 10 pro, build 15063. I enjoy the screensaver. However, it runs fine for a time and then the cursor appears atop of the screen saver while it is active. I can no longer deactivate the screensaver by moving my mouse or using any key on my key board. I have to use Alt F4, the cursor disappears and then it allows me to deactivate the screensaver. Any solutions to this problem?

  2. Try to do the following
    Go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Screen Saver settings > Select Photos and Check the option shuffle
    Check if that works fine.

    The problem might also be because of the theme. Try to change the theme as well.
    Go to Settings > Personalization > Themes > Themes settings

    Let me know if it solves the problem or if you need more assistance.

  3. Does anyone actually try the instructions given??
    Run the following commands to uninstall Windows Live Essentials: (64 bit) “c:program files (x86)windows liveinstallerwlarp.exe” /cleanup:all /q

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