Unable to Uninstall Windows Live Mail.

I'm trying to uninstall windows live mail via the control panel. When I click on 'Windows Live Essentials 2011' I get the dialogue asking if I want to uninstall one or more WL programs or repair all of them. As soon as I click the first option I get the message 'Done! The programs you selected have been uninstalled' - in fact, I have not been able to select any programs at this stage and none have been uninstalled. In case it was corrupted, I tried the 'Repair WL' option but it stuck at 27% for several hours, at which point I gave up. This is on a brand new laptop which seems otherwise to be working fine. Any ideas for resolving this would be much appreciated.