[#LIVEWRITER] HowTo: Keep the Windows Live Writer settings for a new / clean installation


Windows Live Writer (WLW) is IMHO the best tool to creating content for blogs. Although it seems that Microsoft has abandoned a little this product (as well to all Windows Live products), it is still a tool that I install always when get a new computer or a new operating system.

I use it with a couple of plugins. One thing I always missed in lack is of ability to recover the settings of WLW, when I install it from scratch. One of the options that I miss most in a clean install, is the one who perform an Automatic Linking to a work with a url link.


Basically, this allows that when you write a few words, they should be replaced with a link in the post.

The problem with this settings of this app (and others of WLW) is that they are not at the root of the application. All these values are stored in the Windows AppData folder. Usually located in [C:\Users\ < user > \AppData\ ]


This directory is used to store the data of application of some programs. Also in this directory where they are stored, cookies, settings, history of IE (excellent browser), etc… come on all sensitive data that the applications are stored here.

In the AppData folder, there are 3 subfolders

  • Local: The main folder to the settings and data of the installed programs.
  • LocalLow: is for IE, Java, and other apps…
  • Roaming: if you work in an organization and have a profile AD, because your Roaming Profile takes care of ‘here’ leave the application data.

And here comes what I can explain, but I mess with Windows and this is a post of WLW.

Returning to, if it is not in the folder of the application, the WLW settings or are in the Windows registry (by God!) or in the AppData folder. As well, looking for a little I found the following in [C:\Users\ < user > \AppData\Roaming\Windows Live Writer\ ]


And in the folder [C:\Users\ < user > \AppData\Roaming\Windows Live Writer\LinkGlossary\] we will see a fabulous xml with the links that we have been using… something similar to the following:

   1: <entry>
   2:   <text>Arduino UNO Rev 3</text>
   3:   <url>http://store.arduino.cc/eu/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=11_12&amp;products_id=195</url>
   4:   <title>
   5:   </title>
   6:   <rel>
   7:   </rel>
   8:   <openInNewWindow>True</openInNewWindow>
   9: </entry>
  10: <entry>
  11:   <text>Groove Starter Kit</text>
  12:   <url>http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/grove-starter-kit-p-709.html</url>
  13:   <title>
  14:   </title>
  15:   <rel>
  16:   </rel>
  17:   <openInNewWindow>True</openInNewWindow>
  18: </entry>

Now it is only a matter of saving this file (and the others) if necessary and replace them in clean installation.

Greetings @ La Finca

El Bruno


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