Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller

Introduction
It is now exactly a year ago since I released Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller and mentioned planning to build a “more general remover for the Windows Live series“. The time has finally come for a public release of Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller. But first, a few things I have to mention about WLMU.

Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller was an unexpected success and showed that many people were experiencing the same stated problem and were looking for a decent and quick solution.  Almost everyone that I got a reaction from, either through mails, comments or other sites, claimed to have successfully solved the problem by removing Windows Live Messenger with WLMU.

Until now I have tracked some statistics about the downloads on WLMU and can proudly say that in a year time, the tool has been downloaded more than 30.000 times from my site alone! I’m very glad to see that so many people have found the tool useful. This was one of the main reasons for me to publish a follow up tool, which I will describe in some detail below.

Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller
Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller scans the system and tries to find Windows Live Essentials products that were installed during the setup. If any products were found, it presents them in a list from which you can choose to remove or repair such a product.

WLEU is hereby published as a first public version 1.2.1 and is, as I mentioned earlier, a direct follow up of the tool WLMU. WLEU is built on the same principles as was the case with WLMU and therefore again uses the product’s CLSID with Windows Installer to accomplish a clean removal. Refer to the changelog below for specific changes that were made.

Download
You can download the tool from the following link:

Download Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller 1.2.1 (837kB)

MD5 hash: 1512df1cadd7c804957d2d83f380659b

Usage
The tool is very simple to use. If it finds any WLE components it will give you a list from which you can select the component you want to uninstall/repair.  You will also get a generated command that you can use to manually remove it. When you press UNINSTALL or REPAIR the tool will run the command automatically for you.

Note: This software comes with absolute no warranty! By using this program you agree that I am not responsible for anything caused by this software whatsoever.

Future releases
If you have any comments, suggestions or bugs, please put them here in the comments or contact me by mail. If it is useful/serious I will add/fix it in the next release.

Changelog
{First public version 1.2.1}
+ Added new WLE component trace scan
+ Added uninstall finish confirmation
+ Added Setup, Boot and Display options
+ Added component information: Version, Install Date, Local Package, Install source and Product ID

Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller v0.01

This is the first public version of the Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller (v0.01).

What the tool does is basically remove a broken Windows Live Messenger installation. It really uses only the windows installer (msiexec.exe) to do the job combined with the CLSID of the installation that uniquely identifies the WLM version.
The symptoms might be that when you want to reinstall the application it might say that it is already installed, while actually it is not. When trying to remove it with the usual Configuration – Add/Remove software steps, it might not even appear in the list, while the setup of the WLM says it is really installed.

I decided to build this tool since there are a lot of people strugling with this problem [1][2][3][4]. All these existing solutions presented by people on these sites use the single command with a CLSID key (eg. msiexec /x {B1403D7D-C725-4858-AACC-7E5FA2D72859}), but since the key is different for each WLM version such a solution might only be useful if you have that exact version. It can also be done manually by changing the registry keys, but I thought this would speed up the work significantly since there might be a lot of keys to search in (The location we are talking about here is: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\])

I heard of people formatting the entire hard drive because of not being able to resolve this, so I really hope this gets around and avoids a lot of headaches.

You can download this first version of the tool below.

Download binary | Download source code (pascal)

MD5 hash binary: 7525a442da4b4515c8166debfc4a4d01
MD5 hash source code: 28efa8f882c5354c6c4845393724e99a

Requirements
The tool is tested on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Usage
The tool is very simple to use. If it finds an installation it will give you the uninstall command that you can use to manually remove it. You can also press RUN and it will run the command automatically for you.

Note: This software comes with absolute no warranty! By using this program you agree that I am not responsible for anything caused by this software whatsoever.

Future releases
If you have any comments, suggestions or bugs, please put them here in the comments. If it is useful I might add/fix it in the next release.

Currently I’m planning to build a more general remover for the Windows Live series, since there are also other components that could get broken.

References
[1] http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_uninstall_windows_messenger.html#comments
[2] http://ayumilove.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/how-to-install-remove-windows-live-messenger-2009/
[3] http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/02/11/remove-and-uninstall-windows-messenger/
[4] http://www.vistax64.com/live-messenger/185883-cannot-uninstall-windows-live-messenger-beta-2009-a.html

Untrue descriptions on other sites linking to this page
The link to this topic is already published on several sites, but unfortunately the presented description of the tool is misleading. For it says that I’m claiming to have a better tool than all the other existing solutions, which is of course not true. This is only another alternative that may solve the problem.
In my description I was only referring to the existing solutions presented on the topics and comments on these that I used as references (see above [1][2][3][4]) and not on any other existing tool that probably uses other methods.

Softpedia certification

The tool can now also be downloaded from Softpedia.

Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller
If you also want to remove other Windows Live Essentials components like Windows Live Mail or Windows Live Movie Maker, then try a similar tool that I have built called Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller. This tool can remove any component installed by Windows Live Essentials.