Windows Live Writer is one of my favorite blogging tools, and I use it quite a lot to post to several blogs I write for, however out of the blue today WLW started to crash and did not even allow me to open it.
Every time I fired up Windows Live Writer it crashed after showing the splash screen as you can see below.
I tried to repair the software to no avail, restarted the PC and did almost everything I could, but the damn thing just would not work, but not for long, like we solve your trouble’s we find solution for ours too. BTW this post is written using WLW :-).
We were finally able to solve the problem and also directly download the standalone installer for Windows Live Writer and install it again, however we did much more than that, so here is a tutorial that will help you repair Windows Live Writer by performing backups, uninstall it, reinstall it and restoring Windows Live Writer settings, plugins and draft posts and get it working again.
Step 1: Use the Windows Live Writer Backup tool to backup your settings, drafts, plugins and save it to a safe location. It is very important you do this incase something goes wrong and you lose everything.
Step 2: Go to Add/Remove Programs or Programs & Features in Windows Vista and search for Windows Live Essentials and click on the Uninstall/Change button and uninstall Windows Live Writer. Read more on how to uninstall individual windows live programs.
Step 3: Go to your My Documents folder and rename the folder My Weblog Poststo something else, also go to the local settings folder and copy the Windows Live Writer folder and save it somewhere else, after you have created a backup, delete the folder from the Local folder.
In Windows Vista you will find this under C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming in Windows XP you should find it under the Local settings folder for your user.
Please make sure you have backed up everything as suggested in step 1 before deleting anything.
Step 4: Once you have uninstalled WLW and followed step 3, directly download the Windows Live Writer application from here and install it.
Step 5: Once again use the Windows Live Writer Backup tool to restore the drafts, blog settings and plugins.
That’s it, hopefully this should fix a annoyance some of you have where Windows Live Writer does not start at all.