Windows Live Essentials 2011 QFE released: you can update now

By Kip Kniskern | In News, Timeline | Posted December 1, 2010 37 comments

Thanks to a tip from our friends at Wikikou.fr, we learn tonight that there’s been a QFE (Quick Fix Engineering – meaning a bug fix update, not UI changes) for almost all of Windows Live Essentials, updating most of the programs (only Windows Live Mesh and Windows Live Family Safety aren’t updated) from version 15.4.3502.0922 to 15.4.3508.1109.

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In order to update, you just need to rerun Windows Live Essentials from explore.live.com, and reboot.  Wikikou.fr noted a few changes:

  • Windows Live Writer 2011: inability to use the "Alt Gr" key combination to perform some special characters in a French keyboard (like the characters # {~ etc.})
  • Windows Live Mail 2011: addition of the character # at the end of each sending of mails if Internet Explorer 9 is installed
  • Due to Internet Explorer 9 BETA bug fixes

(translated by Bing)

We’re just installing it here, and our hard drive is churning as it re-indexes, apparently, but let us know if you notice any changes/bug fixes.

Update: Microsoft Support article KB2520039 now details the following updates:

  • In Messenger, we fixed a couple of issues where in some cases you could not re-establish video calls or file sharing activities after losing your network connection. Also, sometimes your status messages and display picture were not synchronizing correctly between PCs, so you’d see a notification that changes made would not be seen on other computers. We also made various performance and stability improvements.
  • In Photo Gallery, we made a design change so that geotagging no longer overwrites GPS coordinates in image files. Another issue resolved in Photo Gallery is related to terms of usage. In certain conditions, users who declined the terms of usage were shown the screen again until they accepted the terms of usage. This has now been fixed. Users who decline the terms of usage once are not shown the screen again.
  • We corrected various problems with language translations for our international versions.
Posted December 1st, 2010 at 8:41 pm
  • http://sanatgersappa.tumblr.com/ Sanat Gersappa

    WLM Desktop still doesn’t support Full Session SSL #fail.

    • Anonymous

      It should do. And Family Safety managed accounts should support it as well. In fact, it should be on as default!

  • http://sanatgersappa.tumblr.com/ Sanat Gersappa

    WLM Desktop still doesn’t support Full Session SSL #fail.

    • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

      It should do. And Family Safety managed accounts should support it as well. In fact, it should be on as default!

  • Anonymous

    I wish it came through Windows Update – it’s more awkward going to the website and if you didn’t read Liveside you wouldn’t know about it.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I wish it came through Windows Update – it’s more awkward going to the website and if you didn’t read Liveside you wouldn’t know about it.

  • anonymous

    They got rid of the nice high quality slideshows in Photo Gallery and replaced them with lower quality Movie Maker engine which was of far less variety. See http://gcoupe.blogspot.com/2010/07/slide-show-quality-in-windows-live.html They should have at least kept the old slideshows as an option. Hope they come back in a future QFE. Till then, WLPG Wave 4 = uninstalled.

  • Frylock86

    They got rid of the nice high quality slideshows in Photo Gallery and replaced them with lower quality Movie Maker engine which was of far less variety. See http://gcoupe.blogspot.com/2010/07/slide-show-quality-in-windows-live.html They should have at least kept the old slideshows as an option. Hope they come back in a future QFE. Till then, WLPG Wave 4 = uninstalled.

  • IpEFiX

    Too bad we still can’t hide Facebook offline contacts :(

    • Delibird444

      You can, by switching the view to “online”. This will only show the Messenger and Facebook contacts that are online.

  • IpEFiX

    Too bad we still can’t hide Facebook offline contacts :(

    • Delibird444

      You can, by switching the view to “online”. This will only show the Messenger and Facebook contacts that are online.

  • Vasudev

    Offline installer of the new build also available now .
    http://vasudevg.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-build-of-windows-live-essentials.html

  • Vasudev

    Offline installer of the new build also available now .
    http://vasudevg.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-build-of-windows-live-essentials.html

  • Asa

    I can say the live messenger 2011 is the worse in microsoft’s software that i saw in these 10 years.
    Lag , Slow, less function.

    • brianm76

      No issues here with any of that. Runs fine on my machines and there is a lot more function than ever before.

  • Asa

    I can say the live messenger 2011 is the worse in microsoft’s software that i saw in these 10 years.
    Lag , Slow, less function.

    • brianm76

      No issues here with any of that. Runs fine on my machines and there is a lot more function than ever before.

  • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com Geoff Coupe

    The QFE addresses the geotagging disaster that I’ve been banging on about. See here for the latest status: http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/windows-live-photo-gallery-2011-status-report-2/

  • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

    The QFE addresses the geotagging disaster that I’ve been banging on about. See here for the latest status: http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/windows-live-photo-gallery-2011-status-report-2/

  • Delibird444

    I wish they’d patch up Windows Live Mail 2011… Error 0x80048849 has been plaguing me since the beta, and I’ve been forced to use web Hotmail…

  • Delibird444

    I wish they’d patch up Windows Live Mail 2011… Error 0x80048849 has been plaguing me since the beta, and I’ve been forced to use web Hotmail…

  • Delibird444

    I wish they’d patch up Windows Live Mail 2011… Error 0x80048849 has been plaguing me since the beta, and I’ve been forced to use web Hotmail…

  • Anonymous

    They still have an issue in Windows Live Messenger when you are chatting with someone and one day your features (Video Cam, Nudges, Share, Expressions) are there in the chat window and then the next day they are gone and the only features you have is video message, expression, and invite. I have gone to the Windows Live Help board to complain and they have not come up with a solution yet as to why that happens.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      What *seems* to be happening is that if both parties are WLM buddies AND Facebook friends, and both parties are logged in to FB, WLM uses FB instead of WLM for chat. Since FB does not include Share, etc., you do not get those experiences. Very frustrating, I know, and not sure how to turn it off other than to disable FB Chat (Click on your name in the WLM window, and uncheck Facebook Chat).

      Let us know if you have more information/a better solution.

  • JSYOUNG571

    They still have an issue in Windows Live Messenger when you are chatting with someone and one day your features (Video Cam, Nudges, Share, Expressions) are there in the chat window and then the next day they are gone and the only features you have is video message, expression, and invite. I have gone to the Windows Live Help board to complain and they have not come up with a solution yet as to why that happens.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      What *seems* to be happening is that if both parties are WLM buddies AND Facebook friends, and both parties are logged in to FB, WLM uses FB instead of WLM for chat. Since FB does not include Share, etc., you do not get those experiences. Very frustrating, I know, and not sure how to turn it off other than to disable FB Chat (Click on your name in the WLM window, and uncheck Facebook Chat).

      Let us know if you have more information/a better solution.

  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

    The bit about “addition of the character # at the end of each sending of mails if Internet Explorer 9 is installed” made me wonder if the bug described in the links below had been fixed too.http://social.answers.microsofhttp://www.vistax64.com/browse…But, alas, it has not yet been fixed. This bug is single-handedly keeping me from using IE9, so I’m irritated that they fixed a similar bug without fixing this one too.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Hmm it’s a problem with Bing Translator. The original article (in French) on Wikikou.fr actually says “?” rather than “#” for Windows Live Mail 2011.

      • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

        Strange, because I tried installing the QFE (and the recent IE9 patches) and I still had that problem. I’ll do more testing and see what I find. Thanks.

      • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

        OK, so I haven’t done any further testing yet, but I just noticed that the Wikikou article describes a different problem anyway — my problem is that Windows Live Mail adds a question mark at the beginning of the message, but Wikikou talks of a question mark at the end of the message, which is a problem I’ve never encountered.

  • jvd897

    The bit about “addition of the character # at the end of each sending of mails if Internet Explorer 9 is installed” made me wonder if the bug described in the links below had been fixed too.http://social.answers.microsofhttp://www.vistax64.com/browse…But, alas, it has not yet been fixed. This bug is single-handedly keeping me from using IE9, so I’m irritated that they fixed a similar bug without fixing this one too.

    • damaster

      Hmm it’s a problem with Bing Translator. The original article (in French) on Wikikou.fr actually says “?” rather than “#” for Windows Live Mail 2011.

      • jvd897

        Strange, because I tried installing the QFE (and the recent IE9 patches) and I still had that problem. I’ll do more testing and see what I find. Thanks.

      • jvd897

        OK, so I haven’t done any further testing yet, but I just noticed that the Wikikou article describes a different problem anyway — my problem is that Windows Live Mail adds a question mark at the beginning of the message, but Wikikou talks of a question mark at the end of the message, which is a problem I’ve never encountered.

  • http://www.robert0.uni.cc Anonymous

    I’m not moving from WLM 2009 until they release a second or third QFE, this is still a beta labeled as final =/

  • http://www.robert0.uni.cc robert_dll

    I’m not moving from WLM 2009 until they release a second or third QFE, this is still a beta labeled as final =/