Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Using Windows Server 2008 as a Desktop OS - Installing Windows Live Writer

I'm using Windows Server 2008 as my primary desktop OS, for which I'll be blogging on over the coming weeks as I encounter non-obvious problems. I'll also cover my installation experiences which might help out others who wish to do the same.

The recent problem I had is that I saw the Windows Live suite of applications come out of Beta and I wanted to try them out. OK, up to the Microsoft Downloads site for the Windows Live category and download Windows Live Writer to use it on my Blogger account.

I download WLinstaller.exe, run it and I'm immediately presented with the following unhelpful error:

Hmmm, no Windows Live Writer for my Terminal Servers then.

Undeterred, I download and install Windows Live Writer on a spare Windows XP machine, open up regedit and navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstaller and go browsing for Windows Live Writer. Within a couple of minutes I find the entry and also find that it has cached the MSI to:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\WindowsLiveInstaller\MsiSources\Install_{9176251A-4CC1-4DDB-B343-B487195EB397}.msi

So I copy this file to my Windows Server 2008 laptop, expecting to have to modify it with Orca. What the heck, I'll try running it first. And it installs without problem. And I'm using it just fine, as this blog article is written using it.

I'll try the same trick with the other Windows Live programs and write up my findings accordingly.

1 comment:

Tony said...

You can install Windows Live Writer (i think its the technical preview version) on windows server 2008 x64 now
see How To Install Windows Live Writer on Windows Server 2008