Tip – Install Windows Live Writer 2012 on Windows 8.1 using full offline install

On and off I have tried to get Live Writer (part of Windows Essentials 2012) to install on this PC – with no success. Disabling firewalls, anti-virus, resetting browser settings, running in compatibility mode all failed. The error did move around a little but the core error was “WaitForCatalog”.

Today I found a path that worked…. yippeee!

Visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/essentials-install-offline-faq to download an offline installer.

Choose English NOT British English (British English appeared to once again try and contact the internet and fail part way through the install)

Run the download.



Very handy utility – hurl.it

This is a very handy utility when working with web apis – I assumed I was last to discover it, turns out I’m not 🙂

  • Hurl makes HTTP requests.
  • Enter a URL, set some headers, view the response, then share it with others.
  • Perfect for demoing and debugging APIs

And… as is the trend these days… it is a utility delivered as… a web site. Sweet.