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Recently we showed you how to setup Windows Live Essentials 2011. We also took a closer look at one of the apps – the Bing Bar, and today we will take a look at Windows Live Writer which is a valuable program for bloggers.
Installing Windows Live Writer
If you haven’t installed it already just download and kick off the Windows Live Essentials installer. Remember you don’t need to install everything in the suite and when the install kicks off, select Choose the programs you want to install.
Now select the programs you want to install. In this example we’re just going to install Windows Live Writer (WLW).
After installation is complete you’ll find Live Writer in the Start Menu.
Configure Your Blog with WLW
After you have it installed and launch Live Writer you’ll be prompted to configure your blog with it.
Choose the blog service you want to setup with WLW. You can use it with most of the popular services like WordPress, Blogger, Live Spaces, and several others.
If you’re an XP user, unfortunately you won’t be able to install and upgrade to Windows Live Essentials 2011. XP users can still install the previous version through Windows Updates, and we’ll take a quick look at it.
2011 on XP – Sorry No Love from Microsoft
If you try to install Windows Live Essentials 2011 on XP which we’ve previously covered for Vista and Windows 7, unfortunately you’re out of luck. You can download the installer file, but when you try to run it, you’ll be greeted with a similar error.
Install Windows Live Essentials on XP
The good news for XP users is you can still download the previous version through Windows Updates…which you should be running regularly anyway…but it’s not an essential update. To install it, launch Windows Update from the Start Menu…
Or through Internet Explorer from the Tools Menu.
Once your system is scanned for the updates it needs, you’ll find Windows Live Essentials in the Software, Optional section.
After it downloads, you’ll need to accept the license terms.
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