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Should I remove Windows Live Writer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,462
United States Rank #9,729
Reach 0.0393%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.74 days
464.42 days >
Average installed length: 244.02 days


16.4.3505.0912 1.55%
15.4.3502.0922 6.06%
14.0.8117.0416 0.90%
14.0.8089.0726 1.55%
12.0.1370.0325 84.13%
12.0.1367.1128 0.90%
12.0.1366.1026 4.90%

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Windows Live Writer

What is Windows Live Writer?

Windows Live Writer is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality, and is currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces. Windows Live Writer is currently available in 48 different languages.


The most used version is 12.0.1370.0325, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds an extension to the user's Internet Explorer web browser. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is windowslivewriter.exe. The software installer includes 34 files and is usually about 5.56 MB (5,825,536 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows live\writer
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{97C79BEC-43F7-4BD8-A6A7-85C0257E488A}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.56 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Writer

Program executable:windowslivewriter.exe
Name:Windows Live Writer
Path:C:\Program Files\windows live\writer\windowslivewriter.exe
Additional files:
  • writerbrowserextension.dll - Windows Live Writer Blog This Extension
  • wlsqm.dll - Windows Live Client SQM Module
  • windowslive.client.dll - Windows Live Writer
  • windowslive.writer.api.dll
  • windowslive.writer.applicationframework.dll
  • windowslive.writer.blogclient.dll
  • windowslive.writer.browsercontrol.dll
  • windowslive.writer.controls.dll
  • windowslive.writer.coreservices.dll
  • windowslive.writer.extensibility.dll
  • windowslive.writer.filedestinations.dll
  • windowslive.writer.htmleditor.dll
  • windowslive.writer.htmlparser.dll
  • windowslive.writer.instrumentation.dll
  • windowslive.writer.interop.dll
  • windowslive.writer.interop.mshtml.dll
  • windowslive.writer.localization.dll
  • windowslive.writer.mshtml.dll
  • windowslive.writer.passport.dll
  • windowslive.writer.posteditor.dll
  • windowslive.writer.spellchecker.dll
  • windowslivelocal.writerplugin.dll
  • windowslivewriter.application.dll - Windows Live Writer Application API
  • windowslivewriter.filter.dll - Windows Live Writer IFilter
  • windowslivewriter.toolbar.dll - Windows Live Writer Toolbar
  • windowslivewriter.filter_x64.dll - Windows Live
  • windowslivewriter.ribbon.dll - Windows Live Writer Ribbon
  • windowslivewritershortcuts.dll - Windows Live Writer
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client
  • mssp7en.dll - Natural Language Components (Natural Language Spelling Service)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Extension
  • writerbrowserextension.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class ##TOOLBAR_DISABLED_##{219c3416-8cb2-491a-a3c7-d9fcddc9d600}.
Scheduled Task
  • windowslivewriter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7D3301F4-1EA0-4D57-AC3B-EB79BD7671F8}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • windowslivewriter.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\WindowsLiveWriter.exe'.

How do I remove Windows Live Writer?

You can uninstall Windows Live Writer from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Live Writer, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Windows Live Writer.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Windows Live Writer you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win Vista (SP2) 51%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 62.10%
Windows XP 23.14%
Windows 7 13.03%
Windows 10 1.73%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 58.37%
Microsoft Windows XP 23.03%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.15%
Windows Vista Home Basic 5.44%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.00%
Windows Vista Business 1.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.52% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.52%
  Germany 17.13%
  United Kingdom 9.21%
  Japan 3.61%
  France 2.80%
  Italy 2.21%
  Australia 1.75%
  Brazil 1.63%
  Taiwan 1.40%
  Canada 1.28%
  Austria 1.17%
  Spain 1.17%
  Poland 1.17%
  Netherlands 0.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.43%
Medion 27.40%
Hewlett-Packard 10.43%
American Megatrends 6.95%
NEC 5.52%
Intel 4.29%
Toshiba 4.09%
Acer 4.09%
Sahara 2.45%
Sony 1.64%
Gateway 1.02%
Common models
Dell Studio 1535 8.87%
Medion P8610 8.15%
Dell XPS M1530 6.71%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 6.00%
MEDION P6612 4.80%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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