Posted by: kurtsh | November 7, 2015

HOWTO: Install Windows Live Writer – and .NET Framework 3.5 – on Windows 10

Have you had problems getting Windows Live Writer installed on Windows 10?

I’ve been both upgrading machines from Windows 7 & 8.1 to Windows 10… and I’ve also been installing brand new machines with Windows 10.  Along the way, I discovered that Windows 10, often if installed NEW, won’t install Windows Live Writer correctly. 

The problem is that repeatedly, it insists on attempting to install .NET Framework 3.5… and fails.  Most people would think to simply look for the installation executable on Microsoft.com and install it from there, but on Windows 10, .NET Framework 3.5 is supposed to be an installable feature within Windows 10 itself.  If you go to CONTROL PANEL – PROGRAMS & FEATURES & click “Turn Windows features on or off” (in the left hand column) it should display the following dialog box:

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Fair enough, right?  Just check off .NET Framework 3.5 and away we go, right?  NOPE.  For some reason, this fails without any explanation.

SOLUTION: DISM OFFLINE INSTALLATION
It turns out that the problem is that the .NET Framework source files aren’t available directly from your machine and you need to some how get them.  There’s two ways to get .NET Framework 3.5 installed – both involve having the Windows 10 installation media. 

  1. INSTALLER TOOL
    The easy way is to download the .NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer tool and plug in your Windows 10 installation media. (likely a USB drive)  Run the tool and it will instruct you to point to the location of your installation media (D:, E:, etc.) and it will tell you if the right source files are available.  Press install and it will execute a DISM command line instruction that will install .NET Framework 3.5.

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  2. COMMAND LINE
    Alternatively, you can execute the command line instruction on your own if you’re comfortable with that.
     
    Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /source:F:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess
     
    Where, F: is your installation media.

At this point, you should be able to install Windows Live Essentials either over the web or from the full download.

WINDOWS LIVE ESSENTIALS INSTALLATION:

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