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Some Programs Appear to be Missing from Windows 7

Article Summary: Microsoft has removed some familiar programs from past operating systems from Microsoft® Windows® 7. These include Windows Mail (Outlook® Express), Calendar, Messenger, Movie Maker, and Photo Gallery. All of these applications, though, are available free of charge in Microsoft Windows Live™.

Table of Contents:

  1. Common Applications Missing in Windows 7
  2. Install Programs From Windows Live
  3. "Personalize" Option Missing from Windows 7 Home Basic

Problem: Common Applications Missing in Windows 7

Microsoft did not include some familiar applications in Windows 7, specifically:
  • Windows Mail (Outlook Express)
  • Windows Calendar
  • Windows Messenger
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Windows Photo Gallery

Solution: Install Programs From Windows Live
You can obtain these programs for free through Windows Live application, which is already installed on your computer. Simply click the Start button on your desktop, go to Programs, and then to Windows Live. From the list that appears, click each program you want to install and follow the instruction provided.

If you are unable to locate Windows Live on your computer, you can download Windows Live free of charge from Microsoft. Just browse to the Windows Live download page and follow the prompts.

Solution: "Personalize" Option Missing from Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows Home Basic does not include support for Themes, so this behavior is by design. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article for this issue:
The "Personalize" option is missing from the desktop drop-down menu on Windows 7 Home Basic

Article ID: SLN71799

Last Date Modified: 07/14/2016 11:07 AM

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