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New Windows Live Writer Sucks!

Posted by Charles | June 4, 2007 .

I’d been using the beta version of Windows Live Writer. It was one of few offline blog authoring tool that is useable. It was slow but good enough and the main feature kept me with it was the image handling. Anyway, Microsoft upgraded it and gave a lot more feature. And it sucks!

Every time I start it, it starts a svchost.exe process along with it. That process eats up 98% of CPU time and the whole computer just hangs. To use it I have to bring up the Windows Task Process tool first and kill the svchost.exe process once it shows up. I know there must be a explanation and maybe the fault is at my side. But it’s suppose a small and simple tool. Maybe it’s time to get a Mac.

Who cares all the features the new version provides. All we need is a tool do the basic works. A typical Microsoft way of developing tool. I’ll dump it once find a better one to use.

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  1. Joe Cheng [MSFT]  June 7, 2007 12:25 am

    So sorry about that. Until we get this fixed in our next release, there is a workaround: go into services control panel and change the “Windows Live Setup Service” from Manual to Disable. There is no side effect to doing this, as the setup service is supposed to just start up briefly to check if there are critical updates to Writer, and then shuts back down; if the service is disabled then the check silently fails and Writer continues.

  2. Jason  December 31, 2008 5:53 am

    Yeah, 18 month later and WLR still hangs most of the time. And when you do get it running… most of the time it cannot get past the companies own software such as firewall, onecare or defender. The last times i have used it appeared to me that writing a post by hand, walking to the library to type it out and walk back would be quicker.

    Totally agree it was supposed to be lightweight and easy to use. Which leads me to your mention of dumping it once you found a better product? mind sharing what you are posting with from your desktop? or are you not using client side software to post?

    thanks –

    Jason Chandler
    OC Webmaster

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