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Windows Live Writer Portable Version 3

It has been over a year since I posted version 2 of a portable launcher for Windows Live Writer. In that time, WLW has moved out of beta and is now a big part of Microsoft’s Live initiative.

One of the biggest complaints about my portable launcher is that it required you to have Administrator level access on the machine you were running it on. For the most part this isn’t an issue on Windows XP but is big on Windows Vista because of User Account Control (UAC). In shared, locked down computer environments like colleges, this is a big problem and essentially renders the launcher useless. I have finally figured out how to fix that problem and am happy to announce version 3 of Windows Live Writer Portable.  This version does not currently support U3. Truth is, I’ve never really liked U3 taking over my thumb drive. I use the excellent Portable Apps Menu instead. You can put it on anything, not just a SanDisk drive.


The File:

This zip file does NOT contain everything you need to run Windows Live Writer. This is simply a launcher which will run Windows Live Writer in a self contained environment so you can take everything with you between computers via your USB memory device.

If you do not currently have Windows Live Writer, follow the instructions in the section below titled “Details on installing Windows Live Writer.”

If you are currently using version 2 of my launcher, follow the instructions in section below titled “Upgrading from WLW Portable Version 2.”

Installation Summary for New users

1. Unzip this file to somewhere on your hard drive.

2. Download Windows Live Writer from:

3. Install Windows Live Write as usual. You don’t even have to run it, just so long as it is installed. This is fairly straight forward but you might want to look over the details I have written below.

4. Copy ALL of the files FROM C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer TO the new structure on your USB drive that looks like the graphic below \WindowsLiveWriterPortable\App\WindowsLiveWriter

NOTE: Window 7 is copy the files from C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer to WindowsLiveWriterPortable\App\WindowsLiveWriter

5. You can now uninstall Windows Live Writer if you want.

6. Copy the whole WindowsLiveWriter Portable folder to your USB stick.

To use Windows Live Writer from your USB drive simply double click on WindowsLiveWriterPortable.exe and it will take care of the necessary registry settings and document paths.

Upgrading from WLW Portable Version 2

If you are using the standard, non U3 version, of WLW Portable you simply need to download and unzip the file above.  On your USB drve, replace your WindowsLiveWriterPortable.exe with the one from this zip file. You can then launch the program as you always have.

Details on installing Windows Live Writer

1. Download WLinstaller.exe from:

2. Double click to start the installer.

3. The next screen will pop up. Accept the agreement.


4. The following screen will pop up. Unless you want these services you can deselect all of them and click Install


5. You will be prompted to add other Live services. Choose Writer and any others you want to try out.


6. Writer will install as well as others you have selected above.


7. Remember, you do not even need to launch the program. Follow the procedures above and then you can uninstall Windows Live Writer from your machine.



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  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the update! Did you fix the ‘missing drafts’ bug? Cause I’m currently testing a fix I wrote for that…


    Comment by Ormus — November 8, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  3. This is great! I’d given up on the blog, but this makes it a breeze. Thanks.

    Comment by blog.ward — November 8, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  4. Thank you for your remind on my blog. I will tell people to upgrade now.

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  9. This rocks, thanks!

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  13. I only just came across this portable launcher but I know a lot of people (including myself) will love your launcher. I’ve posted it about it on my blog so my readers can benefit from your app too!

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  18. Thanks for the instructions. It’s too bad it’s not completely portable and that it requires an install on a local machine to work in the first place. True portable apps don’t leave any information behind on the computer where they’re being used. Hopefully someone can figure out how to make that happen, but we’re probably stuck waiting for MS to determine that it’s an important feature, since WLW is proprietary.

    Comment by kaitlin — January 22, 2009 @ 6:15 am

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    Comment by Steven — February 4, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

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  43. I’m having the same problem that James described earlier. Each time I plug in the USB drive I have to put in all the settings again. My first computer, which I used for the installation, is Windows XP. The other one is Vista. The application works on both — it’s just that configuration problem. Does anybody know how to fix this?

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  45. Hi, everytime i move to another computer, i have to re-enter my blog settings (password, url, ..)
    is it possible to have “[user]/Application Data/Windows Live Writer” folder on the usb key too ?

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  55. Doesn’t this packaging of the Windows Live Suite violate the EULA from Microsoft? I know it is a free application but this seems wrong to me.

    Comment by ABomb — March 14, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  56. I’m not offering the suite as a download. Just a way for you to take the official download and make it portable.

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  57. I like to use it … but how can I write a static page (for wordpress)??

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  62. I tried the same process on Windows Live Writer 2011 [Wave 4] Beta and it doesn’t seem to work.. Just wondering – do you any plans to look in to the the latest version…
    or is it a possibility?

    With many thanks…

    Until next time,

    Comment by lehenryjr — August 30, 2010 @ 6:02 am

  63. @lehenryjr i think WLW 4 only works in certain environment such as Windows 7 and Vista.. I’ve tested this tool and it works perfectly.. Kudos for the author for making such a nice tool..

    Comment by ZoOL — October 2, 2010 @ 3:06 am

  64. This still works on Vista and Windows 7 with the new Windows Live Writer 2011. Only slight difference is that you need to copy the files from C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer to WindowsLiveWriterPortable\App\WindowsLiveWriter (this is my step 4 above)
    WLW 2011 does not work on Windows XP. Time to upgrade anyway. Windows 7 rocks.

    Comment by admin — October 2, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  65. Mala idea… (Bad idea…)
    Justo quiero una edición portable de “Windows Live Writer” para no hacer una instalación más agresiva, justo para evitar que ésta realice cambios en el Registro de Windows.
    No tiene ningún sentido tener que instalar antes la versión oficial completa, para luego desinstalarla. Sabido es que la mayoría de softwares dejan, poco o mucho, restos de ‘basura’ en el Registro tras desinstalarse.
    Por otro lado, la fecha de aparición de esta versión parece algo antigua.
    Por favor, mejoren el procedimiento de esta portabilidad, y manténganlo actualizado. Siempre es una buena idea -que encontrará no pocos seguidores- librarse de algunos excesos, paternalismos e imperfecciones de los por otro lado, en general, buenos productos de Microsoft.

    Comment by janius — October 4, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  66. Janius,
    The reason I make you install and then uninstall is because the software is owned by Microsoft. You only need to do that on the first machine. After you move the software to your portable device you no long need the installation and you never need to install it on other machines.
    La razón por la que se instala y desinstala es porque el software es propiedad de Microsoft. Sólo tienes que hacer eso en el primer equipo. Después de mover el software para su dispositivo portátil que no necesita la instalación de largo y no será necesario para instalarlo en otros equipos.

    Comment by admin — October 4, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

  67. Sadly it didn’t work for me on WLW 2011 which is the only version I can download from MS. I’m running win 7 and think I’ve followed the above instructions to the letter. Any ideas?

    The launcher runs then WLW crashes straight away when it tries to load.

    Comment by Ade — October 19, 2010 @ 2:13 am

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  69. I have the same problem stated by Ade:
    “Sadly it didn’t work for me on WLW 2011 which is the only version I can download from MS. I’m running win 7 and think I’ve followed the above instructions to the letter. Any ideas?

    The launcher runs then WLW crashes straight away when it tries to load.”

    Do you have any solution?

    Comment by Rui — October 31, 2010 @ 4:48 am

  70. No solution yet. Mostly because it works just fine for me. I assume you are using this on Vista or Windows 7? The new 2011 version does’t work on XP at all.
    Did you copy the files from C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer to WindowsLiveWriterPortable\App\WindowsLiveWriter (this is my step 4 above)

    Comment by admin — October 31, 2010 @ 9:54 am

  71. Do you by any chance still have live writer installed? Because while it’s installed, the portable app can be executed properly. But as soon as it is uninstalled, it stops working.

    Comment by Rui — October 31, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

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  73. Rui, you are right! I need to look at this further. Couldn’t find an immediate solution.

    Comment by admin — November 19, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

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  75. the “windows live writer” for XP is available here

    I followed your instruction of making the portable, but it seems can’t save the blog information, that the “configure windows live writer” pops up every time I start this app, and have to fill up the blog information then.

    could you please fix it? thank you.

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  84. Hi,,thanks for this portable WLW.I download version 2 and read “must read” in download secation. So I download the version 3 too.
    Much Appreciate

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