You know I love using my free Windows Live Writer for blogging.  Simple effective.  Part of the operating system.

I like keeping it clean.

But I ran into a snag.  I normally use Community Server and Live Spaces for my blogging.  Just convenience and they’re both excellent platforms.

But I wanted to start up this new blog you see here, and decided for the whopping $3 a month PAIR.COM was asking to host Movable type as a blogging solution, I thought what the hey.

It’s nice.    It works.  Like most good blogging solutions should.

However I hit a snag.  Live Writer stubbornly wouldn’t talk to my new blog site.

A little online searching ran into this excellent blog post.

Erno de Weerd  Setting up Windows Live Writer with Movable Type

Follow the instructions he’s provided.  I was a little confused about the "WindowsLiveWriter.EXE.Config" file.

Dig into your default folder which is usually "C:Program FilesWindows LiveWriter"

Just fire up Notepad to open the file and add the changes.  But BACK IT UP FIRST.  It’s easy to fix and undo but having the original NEVER hurts eh?

Mine looked like this before.

<configuration>
   <startup>
      <supportedRuntime version="v2.0.50727"/>
      <supportedRuntime version="v1.1.4322"/>
   </startup>
</configuration>

After the edits requested in the blog it should look like this

<configuration>
   <startup>
      <supportedRuntime version="v2.0.50727"/>
      <supportedRuntime version="v1.1.4322"/>
   </startup>
   <system.net>
      <settings>
         <httpWebRequest useUnsafeHeaderParsing="true" />
      </settings>
   </system.net>
</configuration>

Note if you are running on Vista the UAC will prompt you on resaving the file back.   If you have setup Vista properly and are NOT running as Administrator then you need only save the file elsewhere and copy it back to the "C:Program FilesWindows LiveWriter" folder.   You will get prompted for administrative credentials. 

If you don’t have them, you should ask your administrator to politely key them in, unless you’re violating a corporate policy.  In which case don’t bother.  You shouldn’t be doing this.  Bad employee.

If you forgot your own administrative password, shame on you.  *SWAT*

And make sure you follow the instructions regarding the secondary posting password.  The author is correct, there is a second password involved in using Movable Type.   So your UserId/Password for administering the site is NOT the same password for making posts.

When you get that section of the Movable Type site, look for the little link on the right that says "Reveal" to the right of the password.  It will produce a popup box.  You will NOT be able to copy and paste this information.  Start typing… 🙂

Once done, you’ll find Live Writer happily exist with your other blogging sites.

Wheeeeee!

Sean
The Energized Tech
Dedication and Inspiration creating the new Generation