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Recently I attempted to setup an editor to connect to GWB.  Until this post I used MS Word 2007 to post to GWB, as I was unable to get Windows Live Writer to install.  WLW consistently gave the following error when installing:

There was a problem with this installation. Windows Live Suite was not installed. Code: 0x800070643.

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I tried a number of steps to resolve this with MS's Help:

  1. Ran the installation outside my firewall, while downloading the executable to disk first. I also stopped my OfficeScan Debugger (as best as I can tell), as well as Windows defender while installing.
  2. Unregistered(("%windir%\system32\msiexec /unregserver") and re-registered(%windir%\system32\msiexec /regserver") Windows Installer.
  3. Ran the Windows Installer Cleanup from here (although now Windows Live components were found).
  4. Installed Windows Live Imaging Component and SQL Server 2005 Compact - (Actually MS recommended those two steps, I am not certain why)
  5. Finally the step that I suspect worked was to remove some left over registry keys:
    reg query "hklm\software\microsoft\windows live" 
    reg query "hkcu\software\microsoft\windows live" << Listed some entries
    I deleted the entries from the registry using:
    reg delete "hkcu\software\microsoft\windows live"
  6. MS did also provide a link to the actual MSI file but this was not run until step 5 was run.

In the end it took a lot of work to get this installed.  I suspect the culprit was the leftover registry entries.  In any case I am using it now, and I do like it better than MS Word.

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 6:02 PM | Back to top


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