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Windows Live Writer: Retrieve Old WordPress Posts

When you try to retrieve a WordPress post older than the 100 most recent, Windows Live Writer gives you an error. Until the Windows Live team addresses the issue, you can use the following fix.

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You’ll need Windows Live Writer, a website running WordPress and any web browser except for Google Chrome.

First install WLWDownloader developed by aovestdipaperino.

Next, acquire the id number of the post you want to download. To view it, log in to the WordPress admin page and edit a post.

retrieve wordpress post id

Or hover over a post’s link. The id number is in the URL after “post=”.

find the wordpress post id within wp-admin/edit

Now use the following URL exactly as it is typed, except with your own domain name and post id number.

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wlw://www.yourwebsite.com/?postid=123

Paste the URL into your browser’s address bar and press Enter. If you’re using Firefox, an application window will appear. Click the Choose button and browse to C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer. Select WLWPostDownloader.exe.

WLWPostDownloader location

 

In the Launch Application Window, select WLWPostDownloader.exe and click OK.

launch the application to download the wordpress post

WLWDownloader downloads the post and Live Writer retrieves it.

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When retrieval is complete, the post loads into Windows Live Writer.

the old post should now be loaded in wordpress

Now you’ll be able to edit your post in Windows Live Writer.

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One Response to Windows Live Writer: Retrieve Old WordPress Posts

  1. stalker67 April 16, 2012 at 2:58 am #

    A very usefull article for edit old post in WordPress. Thanks!

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