I had a frustrating night and morning. My Beloved Windows Live Writer blew up on me. Can you imagine? There are 2 programs that ARE my internet connection to the world: one is FireFox, the other is Windows Live Writer. When I say blew up, I mean blew up. I was working on a post, and when I clicked in the tags bar at the bottom, suddenly an error message popped up, about 40 times. It just kept popping like one of those awful pop-up windows you used to get on websites. I don’t know how many times I clicked the “Yes, notify Windows of this error!” button.
I uninstalled Live Writer, tried to re-install it, was informed by the installer that it was already on my computer after I’d uninstalled it, ad nauseum. I don’t know how many times I went through that process. I went through the registry and deleted all the Live Writer things in there I could find. I blew out the Live Writer folder, and still the installer told me I already had Live Writer installed. Uninstall, reboot, uninstall, reboot, over and over. Well, that’s not exactly true. When I’d try to uninstall again, the add/remove programs thing told me there was nothing for me to uninstall. Darc helped me find some other folders that also had Live Writer files in them so I blew those away too, and then I got Live Writer to open, instead of just flashing a splash screen at me. I tell ya, it’s amazing I have any hair left.
Yes, I considered begging Joe Cheng to charge in on a white Micro-horse to help me. But, I felt really awkward about doing that. Yes, I understand he’s a developer on Live Writer, at Microsoft. But I don’t know him, and it just felt somehow tacky to me to go begging for help like that. He’s a working guy, and a daddy with a wife and babies, and it just felt wrong to bug him with an email at 2 AM with my whiny little problem. No doubt he’ll see all the error message things I sent in when I clicked that error button and if he ever sees this post, he’ll put 2+2 together and know it was me. And I got it fixed with a little help from Darc, without harassing someone I don’t know. Harassing people I do know, however, is another matter entirely. Mwuhahahaha! You have been forewarned!
I did copy my drafts folder though so I still have all those, but I’ve lost all my plug-ins and my auto-link list; I had dozens of things set up to auto-link so I didn’t have to do it manually every time. Now I have to reinstall my plug-ins, and once more begin the laborious process of building up my auto-link library. It’s been a Live Writer nightmare. I am sad. You all know how much I adore this program. And no, I’m NOT going to ditch it now. Crap happens, especially to computer software, and I have no idea what caused the blow-up last night, but today, Live Writer has been open all day long and has been sitting quietly in the background, minding its own business, just patiently waiting for me. Part of me wonders if there was some hiccup with the Google Desktop thing I have, because once when I re-booted, the Google app didn’t open. And it’s supposed to. So, who knows what caused the crash. It happens. Life goes on. I, and my Windows Live Writer, will recover. At the very least, it forces me to dump those plug-ins I thought might be cool but never used. And to be more diligent about backing it up. At least it’s still pink, like I told it to be.