Microsoft Windows Live Offline Installation

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 27, 2008
Software, Windows, Windows software

If you install Microsoft Windows Live on your computer system you download a single setup file which will download all the applications from a Microsoft server. This is bad news for users with multiple computers because it would mean to download the setup files multiple times from the Internet. It could also be impossible if the computer was not designed to have Internet access.

There is however on solution available where you only need to download the setup files once and can use them again on additional computers. You start by downloading the Microsoft Windows Live setup files from the official Windows Live website. Microsoft is actually providing the download tool for Microsoft Windows Live in two different versions. The file wlsetup-web.exe is the online installer with a size of only 1 Megabyte. This installer can be used to download only selected Windows Live applications like Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Messenger or Windows Mail.

The other setup file wlsetup-all.exe has a size of 134 Megabytes and contains all programs that can be installed. The download can take a while depending on the Internet connection though.

The full installer with the name wlsetup-all.exe from the Microsoft Windows Live website can be used for offline installations. All that needs to be done is to move the file to the other computer systems. This can be done with a network transfer, removable devices or burning it on a DVD.

If you have downloaded the other installer with the name wlsetup-web.exe instead you can do the following. Start the installer and pick the Microsoft Windows Live applications that you want to install. Those will be downloaded afterwards to the computer.

The files that are used for the installation will be stored in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Windows Live\.cache directory. The installers will be located in hex encoded directories. Only one file per directory and they use names like writer.msi or messenger.msi which should make it easy to identify them.

Just copy those files over to the other computer and run the installers there. The Microsoft Windows Live applications will then be installed on the other computer without additional downloads from the Internet.


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  1. manoj said on May 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Its a good tip, thanks

  2. Qwertius said on July 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I am hoping someone might know of a way to install this software (offline package) without having to go online ? I have a circumstance where the machine I am hoping to use Windows Live Writer on : is not to be connected to the internet under any circumstances.

    Unfortunately, as the final part of the installation process for the offline version of 2012 : the software requires that a connection with a remote server.

    Consequently, I am unable to open or use the ‘Live Writer’ program, as it demands a connection to the net.

    So what to do ?

    Anyone know of a hack / workaround ?

    I am pretty comfortable with going into registry : so tha twon’t be a problem.

    I just need to find a way of fooling the program into thinking a connection has been made.



  3. Zamzam FaRied said on September 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm
  4. simpator said on June 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    copy full download link after selecting your language

    then cancel copy link

    rename last -web with -all and here you go offline insaller url :)

  5. christina said on April 22, 2010 at 12:45 am

    eu so desejo falar com,meus amigos. E nem estou pedido para que me ajudem com o produto zune que tenho e não sei usar

  6. 1n73l said on April 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    Reply is a pirate’s site so.. it may contains Virus and more which are may be illegal in your country..

  7. Cryptbala said on January 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Just Use this link or else replace the last part wlsetup-all.exe instead of wlsetup-web.exe that’s it..

    or simply use the this..

    Tip.. if you use a download manager like Internet Download Manager or Dap or Star downloader it will be good..

    To get more software login to “”

  8. Maikel said on December 8, 2009 at 5:17 am

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  9. anon said on September 11, 2009 at 6:51 am

    1. Go to
    2. Click DOWNLOAD
    3. Cancel the download
    4. Click TRY AGAIN

    1. scanip said on December 23, 2009 at 6:23 am

      i should read more properly that it was written there
      “Trying again downloads a standalone installer to your computer. This takes a little while, but may work better, depending on your connection settings”
      the word STANDALONE was there

    2. shouffy said on November 7, 2009 at 2:05 am

      your the best

  10. waheed said on July 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

    good for chat

  11. lew said on May 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    windows live full offline version direct download link

    i hate websetup (:

  12. Mezan said on December 28, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Its a good tip, thanks :-)

  13. iampriteshdesai said on December 28, 2008 at 11:17 am

    An even better way is to google for ‘direct links to windows live suite’
    You can download the individual components of the suite.
    Personally I’m waiting for the suite to come of beta stage

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