Will "the Mighty" Strohl

Migrating Windows Live Writer and Missing Posts

It is not uncommon to move from one computer for one reason or another.  When the original PC was also where you blogged, then you will likely want to move your posts as well, so that you can manage them on the new machine.  Another similar use case is when you might work on more than one machine.  If you plan on blogging on both of them, you might want to use Windows Live Writer on both as well. 

Moving your blog posts is easy enough.  There are plenty of blogs that talk about that.  Basically, all that you have to do is move the contents of the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Weblog Posts
- OR -
C:\Users\<username>\My Documents\My Weblog Posts

If that’s all you’re looking for, please continue to read on…  There is something you need to know.

If you’re wanting to copy the blog posts across machines, then you’d really want to use a solution such as that spoken about by Antonio Chagoury in his blog.

Antonio ChagouryCustomize the Location of Windows Live Writer’s “My Weblog Posts” Folder

That seems easy enough to do, and it is.  However, something I have noticed is that when you open Windows Live Writer, any old posts and drafts seem to be missing!  When I noticed this, my first instinct was that I must have done something wrong.  So, I went through the steps again to be sure.  I did them right…  The posts and drafts are in the right places – we just don’t see them.  You’d never believe what the fix is!

If everything is indeed in the right places on your machine too, then this is the fix. 

  1. Create a new post.
  2. Save your progress. 
  3. Magically, your archived and draft posts will appear where they should’ve been in the first place! 

This is just plain stupid, in my opinion.  Those posts should just appear there like you expect.  I don’t know why this happens, but it is clear that WLW doesn’t read the posts folder until you save a post.

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