Scripting Windows Live 2009/2011

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The Windows Live Essentials suite comes bundled with various applications, such as Messenger, Mail, Writer, Toolbar, etc etc.  No suppose you need to script this install.  Well, it’s easy!  That is, it’s easy if you just want intall ALL of the applications.  But what if you only need to install Messenger?  Or Writer?  Or both?  Unfortunately, Microsoft hadn’t published anything publically yet on how to achieve this, so I had to contact PSS to get the information I needed.  Below are instructions for solely installing Messenger, but I’ll list the switches for the other applications.

  1. Download the WLSetup
  2. Install Messenger only by creating a scripted install that triggers WLSetup.exe /AppSelect:Messenger

Additional switches are as follows:

  • AppSelect:[ProductID] or ![ProductID]
  • log:log_location
  • NOToolbarCEIP (to not opt into Toolbar CEIP)
  • NOhomepage (to not set home page defaults)
  • Nolaunch (blocks all applications from running automatically after your installation is complete)
  • NOMU (to opt the computer into Microsoft Update)
  • nosearch (to not set search defaults)
  • q (for a silent/unattended install)

5 thoughts on “Scripting Windows Live 2009/2011

    fred said:
    May 2, 2009 at 1:12 am

    to install more than messenger add a “,” after messenger and type what you want to include such as /AppSelect:Messenger,Writer

    awesome stuff

    K.G said:
    November 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Hi there, this article is indeed very helpful! But I have a question.
    Under Add/Remove Programs, it does not show Windows Live Essential after a succesful silent installation.

    How do I go about doing that? The reason is that I need do an uninstallation.

    Any advice will be of great help!

      Nicolas Moseley responded:
      November 16, 2009 at 7:02 am

      Hi Kelvin – Windows Live Messenger can be uninstalled by running

      MsiExec.exe /x {A85FD55B-891B-4314-97A5-EA96C0BD80B5} /qb

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