Installing Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows Vista
During the process of making Windows Live Messenger 2012 function on Vista earlier this year, I was also able to get Windows Live Mail 2012 working.
As Microsoft will not be patching Windows Live Mail 2011 to replace the DeltaSync protocol, you may find this helpful to install 2012 on Vista to avoid disruption if you’re using Live Mail.
Before you get started, you need to make sure you have all the requirements installed:
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2
- Windows Update KB971644 Platform Update (found in the optional updates section of Windows Update)
- .NET Framework 4.0
- Windows Live Mail 2011
If you do not already have Live Mail 2011 installed, I can supply installers of any supported language on request. If there is sufficient demand, I may add Live Mail into Reviver for clean installs.
If you had to install any of the above required components, please restart Windows before starting the process.
If you use Windows Live Movie Maker 2011, it will not be able to export movies after the upgrade.
Finally, download and run Messenger Reviver 2 which will upgrade Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker to 2012 versions.
|Download Messenger Reviver 2|
When prompted, click the link to install Windows Live Messenger 2012.
This installation tends to take a while, due to the age of the computers running Vista and the overall slowness of the Windows Essentials installer.
Once installation is complete, Live Messenger will come up, just close it.
Next, you will want to install the Windows Live Mail 2012 KB3093594 patch that swaps DeltaSync support for Exchange ActiveSync. Download and run the .msp file, then choose Repair when prompted.
After this is complete, click the Finish button and you can now start Windows Live Mail 2012!
Installing Essentials 2012 will force Windows to check updates, in which case svchost.exe may continue to consume CPU after installation and none of the Windows Live products will come up. You can either wait it out or restart Windows.