How to upgrade and migrate your Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress – Screenshots

As you may have read,  Windows Live Spaces will be closed. Its sad to see Spaces close but partnering with WordPress is the best way to go. Spaces was originally a Social Network and then moved on to become a blogging platform. With so many Social Network to choose from, people want easier ways to keep in touch with people that matter most to them across devices. And the Messenger is delivering this.

Microsoft could therefore either build or partner to upgrade user experience to stronger vertical service. So they have partnered with premier blogging provider thus providing functionality users have been asking for.

“WordPress has a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through”

What does the Upgrade or Migration mean?

  • It’ll be automated content migration with easy account set up .
  • Visitors will continue to have great experience as blog articles will be redirected.
  • Support will be provided via and WLSC .
  • Spaces Users can take with them/download blogs , inserted photos, videos. Comments without spam to Option for Comments as is download.
  • Gadgets, theme/skins can not be moved to WordPress. com. Similarly  draft posts, guestbook, notes, lists  won’t be available to move and are recommended to be manually  backed up if required.
  • If a user already has WordPress blog , he can merge a spaces blog with a current WordPress blog .
  • After the migration, you can connect your WordPress blog to your social feed on live. Also, your blog profile link works with WordPress.


Here are some screenshots of the migration process , once you sign-in to your Spaces:

1Welcome Screen

2Welcome Screen Below Fold

3Upgrade Selection Screen

4Download Selected

5Download Open Dialog

6Upgrade step 1z

7Msgr Connect Step 2z

8Upgrade step 3 (if existing account)

9Upgrade step 4 - new blog if desired

10Upgrade step 5 - Migration in Progress

For more details please check: Windows Blog | WordPress.

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The author has been a Microsoft MVP awardee in various Windows categories (2006-2016) and currently a Windows Insider MVP. A Technology Enthusiast, interested in anything technical and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products. He is actively associated with various Microsoft online communities, forums, Newsgroups and has been actively involved in Beta testing various Microsoft products and bug submissions.


  1. indir

    thank you share..very nice

  2. I did not like wordpress at all, in fact it was totally useless for my purpose of having a private blog to share with firends and family. In spaces they could all log in with Live ID, but in wordpress they have to have a wordpress account. So I decided to move to blogger/blogspot instead, and I made a migration tool to transfer my old blog. You can read all about it and download the tool/source code here:

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