How to Uninstall Windows Live Mail in Windows 7

Windows Live Mail is a component of the Windows Live Essentials suite, which comes pre-installed with Windows 7 and Vista and offers free IM, people, photo, movie and various other apps to help people connect and share their likes and activities. Windows Live Mail, which is a free email application and an upgraded version of Microsoft Outlook, offers customers to create and send/receive emails, add/remove contacts, share documents & links etc., do instant messaging, create and join online meetings, schedule automatic emails, and do lots more.

Despite that Windows Live Mail is a very useful application, you may not want to keep it on your computer as you may have the updated Microsoft Outlook version installed on your computer or you may want to install a third-party email client given by your office IT. There may also be other miscellaneous reasons due to which you don’t want to keep Windows Live Mail on your computer. In that scenario, you can follow the below mentioned steps and uninstall Windows Live Mail from your computer.

Step 1

Click the Start button> type “programs and features” in the Start Search bar> click Programs and Features in the search results.

Step 2

In the Programs and Features window, click Uninstall a program. If the UAC is enabled, you may be prompted to enter your admin password. Provide the password if required.

Step 3

You will see a list of currently installed programs and applications on your computer. Look for Windows Live Essentials (don’t be worried if you see WLE 2011 or any other number, it will just be its version) and click it> click the Remove one or more Windows Live programs> click to select Mail> click the Uninstall button at the top.


Step 4

If prompted by UAC, enter your admin password and continue. Follow rest of the on-screen instructions and complete the uninstallation. When prompted, reboot your computer. Remember, the removal of Windows Live Mail will not be completed without a reboot.

Step 5

You may also run a registry cleaner to clean up any leftover registry keys and entries of WLM post uninstallation. Though it’s not necessary to run a registry cleaner but if you want to install another email client then you may do so. Don’t forget to backup your registry before you do a cleanup via registry cleaner.


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