If you’ve read any of the online forums lately, a number of PC users who purchased the new Windows 7 were disappointed to find out some programs they relied upon in Windows Vista aren’t included in Windows 7. Don’t worry, we can help.
If you booted up Windows 7 and realized it’s missing some programs — such as Windows Movie Maker (for video editing) and Windows Photo Gallery (photo management) — well, you’re absolutely right.
In order to make Windows 7 a leaner install, and to provide consumers with more choice, you won’t find these programs installed on the new operating system.
Don’t worry, though, as you can download all these goodies for free, if you want them. Called Windows Live Essentials, you get lots of good stuff in one download, including instant messaging and email software, photo and video management and editing programs, blogging tools, and more.
The total download is 134MB in size, though initially it’s only 1 megabyte or so until it pulls down everything you need to get going.
After installation, you’ll find your new programs in the Windows Live folder on the Windows Start menu.