How To Fix – “Windows Live Writer requires the installation of the .NET Framework” Error

In an unavoidable circumstance, I had to rebuild Windows Vista OS today.  After rebuilding the OS I noticed the recent Technology Preview of Windows Live Writer is no more part of my Start Menu Programs list. I searched for installation folder of Live Writer CTP under program files, but no luck. Seems to be it was erased while rebuilding the OS.

The only option I had is to download and reinstall the CTP of Windows Live Writer. I headed to Writer Zone blog and downloaded the installer. Up on launching the Installer, I was greeting with a following error message

Windows Live Writer requires the installation of the .NET Framework. Please install this before installing Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer Installation Error - requires the installation of the .NET Framework

Surprised to see this message and verified whether .NET Framework is installed or not. As I'm a .NET software developer, I always have the latest .NET Framework installed on my laptop. Versions 1.1, 2.0 & 3.5 are installed on my Laptop. So problem is not related to .NET framework but something else.

I Googled for solution on the Internet but seems to be not many people are facing this type of problem. I did not get any information that can help me to solve the issue.

Then I decided to try my luck by first uninstalling the older of Windows Live Writer and then install the new Live Writer CTP. Luckily it worked :). Now I've the latest version of Windows Live Writer installed on my laptop.

Hope this post is going to be useful for someone who faces similar kind of Installation problem with Windows Live Writer CTP.