True bloggers know the importance of backups with their blog posts; they’re valuable and should be safe guarded.
Why Microsoft doesn’t have a function to backup your Windows Live Writer stuff is beyond me; and why they’d leave that to third party developers to figure this gaping loop hole— another mystery.
Windows Live Writer only keeps a copy of what you compose with it; it doesn’t keep anything else offline. So, you need to ensure your keeping it, because if you lose Windows Live Writer data - it’s gone. You can thanks the GUID that Microsoft uses on that one.
There’s a couple of options for backups with Windows Live Writer:
1. You can locate the backup the files manually. You’ll need to backup the Windows Live Writer EXE, the drafts and posts folder and you should be fine from there.
The installation/executable folder to WLW is:
"C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\"
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Writer\"
Backup the EXE folder will backup the EXE, the plug-ins, the auto-link listings and the dictionary[s].
Recent Posts and Drafts
The Recent Posts and Drafts should be located in the MY DOCUMENTS folder].
C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Weblog Posts\
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Documents\My Weblog Posts\
2. There’s another option that’s better, it’s a plug-in for Windows Live Writer; it’s called ‘Import and Export Wizard for Windows Live Writer’.
This is a outstanding option, as it does all the hard work for you; being able to export everything to a single export file, send/move that file to where you’re going, and then import it.
At first, it was a plug-in, now there’s a standalone version of the application now.
Import and Export Wizard for Windows Live Writer [plug-in installer]
Import and Export Wizard for Windows Live Writer [stand alone application]
3. There’s also another application that does basically the same thing, and the plug-in is by Scott Lovegrove. I like this one more than the other options, simply because of the command-line option; it’s something you can schedule/script to happen automatically.
Windows Live Writer Backup
So here are the options I know of; if I find anymore I’ll make an attempt update this blog.
I hope this helps…
Larry Henry Jr.