Windows Live Writer 2009 won’t start?
Ack. We’ve had a few users report that they’re getting into a state where Windows Live Writer 2009 can no longer start. They see the splash screen, then an error, then nothing.
We’re getting ready to ship an update that fixes the problem, but in the meantime, there is a straightforward workaround to get Writer running again:
- Start | Run
- On Vista, enter this command:
%AppData%\Windows Live Writer\Keywords
On XP, enter this command:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Windows Live Writer\Keywords
- You should see a bunch of files whose names begin with “keyword” and end with lots of letters and numbers. Delete all of these files.
That should fix it.
The problem, as you may have guessed, is that one of these files is getting corrupted. This is due to a race condition in our code where the settings file can be closed while it’s still in the middle of being written. Our update will both fix the race condition, and also deal more gracefully with corrupted settings files (by ignoring them).
Fortunately, these files merely contain a copy of tags that are also stored on your server. After you delete these files, you may find that our server-side tagging feature no longer suggests tags to you. You can get your tags back by hitting the little refresh button (two arrows chasing each other) right inside the “Set tags” textbox.
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