I’m engaged in a bit of much-needed spring cleaning this early April, and reached the point where it was time to wipe my office PC’s boot drive and do a fresh install of Windows 7. And since I was going to backup and restore anyway, I decided to upgrade my SSD while I was at it (in case you’re interested, I went with the 128GB Crucial Real SSD C300 – amazing!).
I perform a fresh install of Windows every so often, and have for years, so I have a pretty well established backup-and-restore routine, but this year I decided I wanted to look for a way – if possible – to backup Windows Live Writer along with my email, documents, iTunes library, etc. And I found one: the creatively named Windows Live Writer Backup.
The software, developed by ScottIsAFool, is a free utility that’s been available for just over two years and is currently in v3.0. Happily, it does exactly what you’d expect: it looks at your current installation of Windows Live Writer and backs-up the account settings, local drafts, theme configurations, plugins and more, so that you can quickly restore Windows Live Writer to its former glory on a new PC or an existing PC with a new Windows install.
The resulting backup is a single file that you can copy to a thumb drive, external hard drive, Dropbox, etc. Once your new PC is up and running, reinstall Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Writer Backup, then restore away (be sure Windows Live Writer is closed during the restore). Make note of your account passwords, though; they’re not stored in the backup.
And it works, at least it did for me, very, very well. Scott is obviously no fool, because he’s written an excellent and handy utility for those who use Live Writer to update their web sites or blogs and don’t want to have to reconfigure the software after a new installation.