How to share Windows Live photos with anonymous or non Windows Live users

If you are looking to share photos on Windows Live, things are very easy when sharing it with users who have Windows Live accounts

Sharing Photos with Windows Live Users

After you upload the photos onto Windows Live, scroll down and find the “Shared With": option.  Click on “Just Me” and Click “Edit Permissions” .


On the Permissions page, type in the name or email address of users or select from a category and hit “Save”


This process is fairly straightforward.  When users receive the link they click on it, login with Windows Live credentials and can view the album. 

However What do you do, when you want to share these Windows Live albums with users who dont have Windows Live accounts ?

Sharing Photos with Non Windows Live Users

To share your album with non Windows Live users, open the album in your browser and select the option to “Send a Link” under the “More” Dropdown option


Now add your recipient email addresses and make sure the option to “Not require Sign in” is selected.  Users can now view the photos using the link they receive in the email.


Ideally this check box should have been part of the previous screen where we added Windows Live users.  Hopefully a future release will address this inconsistency.

Live Mesh is now open to everyone in the US

Great News!

Live Mesh is now open to everyone in the US according to LiveSide

Live Mesh UAC no longer required

I got this email yesterday from the Live Mesh team


  1. Live Mesh is now available in all English-speaking countries (not just the U.S.)

  2. Removed the User Account Control (UAC) requirement when installing and using Live Mesh with Windows Vista SP1

  3. Index for Desktop Search now works with Live Mesh folders

  4. Fixed bug where an underscore in a Hotmail account name returned an “Invalid Hotmail Address” error

  5. Fixed bug with Silverlight 2 Beta 2 failing to load in Silverlight Media View

  6. Fixed bug where the notifier tooltip incorrectly indicated that Live Mesh Remote Desktop was unavailable for a computer running in non-admin mode

  7. Fixed bug where the Live Mesh folder icon was not displayed in the e-mail inviting someone to share a folder

  8. Fixed one of the bugs that caused Live Mesh to fail to start

  9. Fixed problem with Live Mesh returning errors when waking from sleep/hibernate

It is great news that UAC is no longer required!


Live Mesh install on Windows Server 2008

I blogged here about not being able to install Live Mesh on Windows Server 2008, which I am running as my main workstation.

MsftGuy has a solution for this issue.  Basically you run the LiveMesh.exe from the command line with the -force argument.

Thanks for the tip! Helped me a lot


Live Mesh needs UAC on Vista

On top all the annoyances with UAC (User Annoyance Control) , Live Mesh needs UAC enabled all the time. Come on MS, what about users who can take care of themselves


Here is a post from the Live Mesh team on why UAC is required


Did I just read COM(What year are we in?!!!)



Live.Com New look and address change

Microsoft has once again updated their Live.Com page. It sports a cleaner look IMHO. The URL for the personalized page has been updated to

Live Mesh Invitation Email

I am super excited to be part of the Live Mesh technical preview. I received the following email today


I will be installing the software tonight and will post my initial impressions.

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