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Can I Get Windows Movie Maker Back on Windows 10? Yes, Here's How

Did you receive the notification from Microsoft: "Your Windows 7 PC is out of support"? Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support on January 14, 2020. Put plainly, after that date, your computer may easily get attacked by viruses and malware. It's time to make the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10. However, many Windows users still hesitate for this update, especially those who get used to utilizing Windows Movie Maker. Though it works fine on your Win7, you are too well aware that this app de-supported by Microsoft years ago.

Part 1: Can you still Get Windows Movie Maker in Windows 10?

Yes. Windows Movie Maker was withdrawn by Microsoft and replaced by Photos (Story Remix) early in 2017. There is no way to get it from Microsoft official site anymore. But you can download Windows Live Essentials 2012 installer to get Windows Movie Maker back on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Windows Movie Maker
Windows 10 Windows Movie Maker

Windows's built-in video editor appears to be changing with every new Windows update. In 2000, Microsoft launched the initial version of Windows Movie Maker - Windows Movie Maker Version 1.1. As part of Windows Essentials, it is prebuilt in Windows ME and is utilized to cut videos, add videos, and generate DD, AVI and WMV files. You can even use version1.1 to add voice overlay and title cards. In late 2002 and early 2003, Microsoft released Windows Movie Maker 2.0 and 2.1 with more transitions and new features. The interface was also improved to be more nitty and straightforward. The most alluring part is it supports DVD burning.

Then it comes to Windows Movie Maker 6.60600. This update sees improvements in processing speed with the support of hardware acceleration, along with some strong additions like screen capture, HD outcome, and the playback on Xbox 360. The major downfall of Version 6.0600 is it doesn't support many computers like Windows XP. So later, Microsoft launched Windows Movie Maker 2.6 which looks identical to Windows Movie Maker 2.6 but covers advanced functions like supporting the DVD burning format. Most importantly, it has better compatibility and runs on Windows XP/7/8.

In 2009, Microsoft launched Windows Live Movie Maker 2009 which boasts a revamped interface and allows users to have creations shared online. However, this is a disappointing update as it missed lots of important features like frame stabilization, voice overlay, and many transition effects. It has extremely weak compatibility that you can't open an old project made by earlier versions. Since then, Windows Movie Maker is no longer prebuilt on systems. Users have to install Windows Live Essential Suite to have Windows (Live) Movie Maker. 2 years later, Microsoft rolled out Windows Live Movie Maker 2011. But the difference between it and the previous version from a viewing standpoint isn't all that drastic as expected. It doesn't come with many new features besides the comeback of webcam capture, and more sites available for online sharing.

3 years later, Microsoft released Windows Movie Maker 2012 - the only version that can work on Window10. It comes with lots of new features including voice-over, audio mixer, free/paid music services, video stabilization, and support of hardware acceleration. There are more sites you can share videos including Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. The best part, it enables you to import 4K clips and generate video in H.264 MP4 format. However, for unknown reasons, Microsoft then intends to use Photos App (Microsoft Story Remix) which offers different sets of features to replace it.

Part 2: Can Microsoft Photos Replace Windows Movie Maker?

For an even better sense of the difference between Photos and Windows Movie Maker and their common features, take a look at the chart below. It's worth noting we add the information of VideoProc, an entry-level video editor favored by novice and occasional users, for taking a reference of the sort of capability that a basic editor should have.

 

Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker

Photos app
Photos App

VideoProc
VideoProc

Merge

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cut & Trim & Split

Yes

Yes (can't cut from the middle)

Yes

Split

Yes

Yes

Yes

Text

Yes (preset font and style)

Yes

Yes

Filter

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hardware acceleration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Music

Yes

Yes (can't adjust the start/end time)

No

Share Online

Yes

Yes

No

Seep up video

Yes

No

Yes

Slow motion

Yes

No

Yes

Rotate & Flip

Horizontal-Yes, Vertical-No

Horizontal-Yes, Vertical-No

Yes

Video Stabilization

Yes

No

Yes

Transition

Yes

No

No

Watermark

No

No

Yes

Crop

No

Yes

Yes

Drawing Tool

No

Yes

No

3D Effect

No

Yes

No

Denoise

No

No

Yes

Windows 10: Window Movie Maker 2012 or Microsoft Photos?

Photos adds more fun to your video by adding 3D effect and drawing, but none of this matter for many users if it can't do the most basic editing works like cutting from the middle and adding customized subtitles. Thus Photos often considered as complementary to Windows Movie Maker, rather than replacements. So in your win10, would you use Windows Movie Maker 2012, or Microsoft Photos or both?

The choice totally depends on your demand. Photos enables you quickly make slideshow or nice clips with a soundtrack to share on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. If you need to generate video fast without too much editing works like cutting, trimming, adding titles in customized length and font, you can, of course, use Photos - this hidden editor in Win10.

Warm Note: Some users can't find New Video in Photos. To fix the problem, you need to update Photos in Microsoft Store to its latest version. If still find editing features nowhere, go to check the edition information of your window 10. You have to get Media Feature Pack installed on your PC to use video editing features of Microsoft Photos App on a window 10 N PC.

For most of the cases, you need to add voice overly, trim videos and add nice transitions, and effect. Windows Movie Maker is still your thing.

Part 3: How to Get Windows Movie Maker Back After Windows 10 Update?

How to Install Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10?

You have to download Windows Live Essential Suite 2012 installer from online archives since the official download link ceased to exist in 2017.

Step 1. Download Windows Live Essential
Go to the online archive. The installer file pack will be automatically downloaded.

Step 2. Install Windows Movie Maker
Right-click the install package and hit open as administrator. Click Choose the programs you want to install > Photo Gallery and Movie Maker > Install. Now Windows Movie Maker should have been successfully installed on your PC

Install Windows Movie Maker
Install Windows Movie Maker

Step 3. Launch Windows Movie Maker
From the Start menu, click the Movie Maker title to start up Windows Movie Maker 2012


How to Fix a Windows Movie Maker Error?

You may encounter many frustrating errors in your workflow while using this abandonware video editor. Thankfully, there are ways out of most problems. Keep reading.

1. Install error and error code 0x800c0006

In most cases, you can ignore these error messages as everything is working. If not find Movie Maker on the task manager list, you can re-run the 2012 Windows live Essentials Suite installer to fix the problem.

2. Error code 0x87160139

Usually, error 0x87160139 comes along with yellow triangles. The possible reason for this case is that windows movie maker can't get many resources from computer to cope with the editing tasks. So it's better to scroll down the clips slowly to give Movie Maker enough time to handle data.

Every time you encounter this error, close the loaded clips without saving any change, and then close Movie Maker. Later, you relaunch Windows Movie Maker. Sometimes you have to repeat the process many times, so give it a little patience.

3. Error code 0x80070057

The loaded video/picture file doesn't go compatible with Windows Movie Maker. That's the major cause of Error code 0x80070057. Converting the source media to WMV and other Movie Maker compatible formats will address your issue.

• What formats are supported by Windows Movie Maker?

There are no formats specified on its load file list. But based on the tests, Windows Movie Maker friendly video formats are MP4, WMV/ASF, MPEG-1, and AVI, along with audio files WMA, WAV and MP3. As for the picture, they are better in JPG or BMP formats.

4. Error code 0x887a0005

Error code 0x887a0005 is mainly caused by a missing or moving source media file. You need to make sure there isn't a renamed file or repositioned file using your workflow. But there isn't an "off the shelf"solution as some users found the low RAM utilization for Windows Movie Maker may also render this error. The easiest way to fix the problem is zooming in the file icon on the timeline as the smallest you can when exporting files.

5. Movie Maker has stopped working

We have all been there. Movie Maker stops working and sends us an error message "Movie Maker has stopped working". Now what?

  • • Click Settings > type in "compact" in the search bar on the pop-up interface.
  • • Click Run programs made for previous versions of Windows on the Search result.
  • • On the interface of Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, scroll down to find Movie Maker and click it. Hit Try recommended settings. Click Next. Click Try recommended settings.
  • • After clicking on Test the program, Windows Movie Maker will auto run. You can load videos and apply your editing decisions to test if everything works. Click Next > Yes, save these settings for this program if the issue is successfully rectified.
  • Part 4: How to Use Windows Movie Maker?

    Step 1: Load your Video/Picture file

    Click Add videos and photos, and then double click the video and image files you need to add. The source media will be loaded to Windows Movie Maker automatically. Windows Movie Maker can read MP4, WMV videos, and partially support MOV/AVI/FLV clips. Be sure the loaded media goes compatible with Windows Movie Maker.

    Add Video to Windows Movie Maker
    Add Video to Windows Movie Maker

    Step 2: Cut and Trim your Clips

    To split the clips, move the cursor to the position you need to split, and then click Split. To reset the start and end time of each clip, click Trim and then move the knobs under the preview window. Click Save trim to keep only the duration between the knobs. Drag and drop the clips on the timeline to easily rearrange them. You can click Cut to cut any unwanted clips.

    Trim Video with Windows Movie Maker
    Trim Video with Windows Movie Maker

    Step 3: Add titles/Captions/Credits

    To add title, click caption and type your text into the box in the preview window. The Text Tool tab will appear on the ribbon which allows you to easily change text font, color, transparency, alignment, size. You are also allowed to set the start time and duration of the text. Effect options enable you to apply the entry effect of titles which may make your clips more professional. It brings a similar way to add texts and credits to your footages.

    Add Subtitle with Windows Movie Maker
    Add Subtitle with Windows Movie Maker

    Step 4: Add transitions to your videos

    To add transitions, click Animations and select the ideal effect. Windows Movie Maker brings you 68 transition effects including diagonals, dissolves, patterns and shapes and reveals. You can add a zoom in/out effect to the selected clips to add a professional touch to your outcome.

    Add Transitions with Movie Maker
    Add Transitions with Movie Maker

    Step 5: Add effect to one/all clips

    Click Visual effect to go to the effect adjust panel. Together, here are 26 options for visual effects available to choose from. Select one to apply to your clip. If you need to add multiple effects to your clips, click More > Multiple effects, scroll down the available effect lists, select the desired one, and then click Add. Click Apply to get all the selected effects applied to the chosen clips. Sometimes you need to change the brightness of effects, click brightness > moves the tab left or right to decrease or increase the brightness.

    Add Effect in Movie Maker
    Add Effect in Movie Maker

    Step 6: Add music to your clips

    Click Add music to add audio files to your clips. Click Audiomicro/Free Music Archive/Vimeo to add new music online, or hit Add music to load the local music file. Need to add voice overlay? The process is fairly easy. Click Record narration, then choose Record narration or Add sound file according to your demand.

    Step 7: Share/Export your video online

    After making all editing decisions, click Save Movie, and then choose the needed output formats. Windows Movie Maker provides you rich presets like common settings for high-definition display, computer, and email, as well as phone and device settings for Android, iPhones, iPad, etc.

    To get customized settings, click Create custom setting, and adjust the value for video and audio settings. Click Save to find the newly added preset. You can click the icon of OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, GroupMe, and select the desired resolution in the pop-up confirmation window. Input your social media account and password to log in. Now your video is already successfully shared.


    Related Source

  • [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Movie_Maker.htm
  • [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Photos.htm
  • [3] Top 10 Basic Video Editing Software for Beginners 2020
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    Reuben Zaback

    Hi, I'm Reuben Zaback and I've been an award-winning editor of Digiarty for four years. Writer by day and reader by night, I share programs reviews & tutorials, multimedia solutions, latest tech trends, devices tips, etc. I geek out over Apple products, sports cameras, drones, gadgets and always look to learn something new. My spare time is dominated by sports rehab and part-time study.

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