Installing Windows Live Writer on Vista 64-bit

I’m running Vista 64-bit so tried to install Live Writer a while back and got the following error



From what I’ve read it’s to do with the unified Live installer and not Live Writer

I’ve seen a couple of blog posts that mention if you can get the MSI file you can install it ok. Most of these posts had a link to a german site that has the file on it. I wasn’t too keen to download an MSI file from a site I knew nothing about so decided against that.

Another post suggested installing Live Writer on a 32-bit system and copy the MSI from there. I tried that and couldn’t find the MSI so that was scuppered

So I thought I’d try something obvious – what did I have to lose?

Download the installer file (WLInstaller.exe) from the Live Writer site, right click on the file and click properties then click the compatibility tab

Put the tick in the box to run in compatibility mode and click ok


Then run the program as an administrator and it should work!


I’m posting this on my Vista 64-bit system from Live Writer so it worked for me!

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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