Posts Tagged ‘Windows XP’

Installing Windows Live Writer on XP is a frustrating job

September 27, 2011
The Windows Live Writer logo.

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I mostly write my blog offline.  I use ScribeFire for Firefox to write and edit posts offline, but I wanted to upgrade to Windows Live Writer (WLW) as it is without doubt the best offline blog editor with a lot of wonderful plugins available.  I had WLW installed a few months ago and I had posted a few posts on Ghalibana with it, but then my PC got cracked and I had to format it.  Now, as I am trying to install WLW again, it is really getting a frustrating job.

I have XP.  WLW does not support XP as such.  We need to install a new version of windows installer to use WLW with XP.  I have that installer installed previously, so that is not a problem.  The problem is Windows gives only a small setup file that fetches and installs WLW directly from internet.  It takes a lot of time with my slow network.  Firstly, I had a powercut while I was in the middle of the installation process.  For the second time, I started the installation around and midnight and went to sleep.  My net is extremely slow.  I knew it would take at least a couple of hours to do with the complete installation, so I went to sleep.  It got installed; I just woke up from sleep and switched off the computer without even checking if it is working or not, and now this morning when I tried it, it is not working.  It says:  “Windows Live Writer has encountered a problem and needs to be closed.”

Now when I am trying to uninstall the program to reinstall it again, I cannot found the link in Control Panel >> Add/Remove Program.  There is a link for Windows Live Essentials, but it is not working too.  When I am trying to reinstall it, it says it is already installed on your PC, so I am just left frustrated.

WLW is an excellent program.  I want it on my PC, and I am not able to install it.  What shall I do??