Live Writer: Not gone, just a pain in the Windows 10.

I have been blogging with Windows Live Writer for a very long time.  So when Microsoft did not see fit to install a Universal App (formerly Windows 8 app) of it, I was glad that I could simply install the same old version… and even if they were not going to upgrade it who cares, because the old version does everything I needed it to do.

So when I installed Windows 10 last week one of the things I had to do right away was, of course, install Windows Live Writer.  Aside from the fact that I have a new OS and need my familiar apps on it, a new OS release is one of the prime times you want me to be blogging, right?

Crap… Windows Live applications do not seem to be friendly with Windows 10.  Is this the end of an era?  I don’t think so.  As someone once said, where there’s a will, there’s a way.  (My friend Al Aronson used to say that where there’s a will, there’s a relative… but that’s another topic)  I started looking around… and finally I found Stefan Stranger’s article on it.

**NOTE: If you upgraded from Windows 8.1 and had Live Writer installed, you may not need to do this, and it might work without any of these hoops.  If so, carry on!

Step 1: Download the Windows Live installer from this link.  Note there are other places you can download it from, but they do not appear to work.

Step 2: From Windows PowerShell navigate to the directory where you saved your file (c:\Users\Mitch\Downloads) and run the following command command: .\wlsetup-all.exe /AppSelect:Writer /q /log:C:\temp\Writer.Log /noMU /noHomepage /noSearch

There will be several moments of… nothing.  There is only this:


However if you wait a few minutes, the application will be there… just like magic!


See that?  At the top, right under SnagIt in Recently Added.

On the one hand I am really glad that I figured out how to make this work (Thanks Stefan!).  On the other hand, I wish Microsoft would invest in upgrading some of the tools that we love, even the free ones.  Yes I know there is no money to be made from a free blogging tool, but come on… The people who use it are the people who blog about you, and we can either give you lemons or laurels.  Windows 10 overall is getting a laurel… but the fact that the Live tools (remember when you made a huge deal about these because you were taking apps out of Windows 7?) have not been upgraded in forever is a big, juicy lemon.


6 responses to “Live Writer: Not gone, just a pain in the Windows 10.”

  1. Hello, I made a WordPress editor inspired on Windows live writer it is going to be open source you can watch the videos on it supports English and Spanish, you can also download it.

    1. I’ll tell you what… If I like it I will review it, ok?

  2. Hey check this out! Windows Live Writer is now Open Live Writer. Some to the Microsoft team took WLW open source.

  3. pramudiyanto Avatar

    thanks for the article, but something comin’ up when I started to launch Live Writer and try to set my blog page. it says like this :

    A problem occurred while detecting blog settings:
    Unable to cast COM object type ‘mshtml.HTMLDocument.Class’ to interface type ‘WindowsLiveWriter.Writer.Interop.Com.IOIeCommandTargetNullOutputParam’. This Operation failed because the QueryInterface call on the COM component for the interface with IID ‘{B722BCCB-4E68-101B-A2BC-00AA00404770}’ failed due to the following error: No such interface supported(exception from HRESULT:0x80004002 (E_NOINTERFACE)).

    any help for this error? thanks

  4. […] They stopped upgrading Live Writer (and the rest of the Windows Live Essentials suite) a few years ago – it never made it onto Windows 10.  As I wrote in 2015, it would still work, as long as you jumped through Microsoft’s hoops (See article). […]

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