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Here at Softonic we get a lot of comments about Windows Movie Maker. Some people are surprised that there's no download button on the program page, and others can't figure out why there are so many versions and why it's so complicated to find the one they need. If you've ever been confused, read on!

What version of Windows Movie Maker you need depends entirely on your operating system:

Windows XP

You've probably got it easiest, XP users! Movie Maker 2.1 was included in service packs 2 and 3, which you've probably already installed by now. If you haven't, download them asap, because as well as Movie Maker, they include other essential security and other functionality fixes.

If you want to know what Movie Maker 2.1 offers, read our review, but remember that you can't actually download the program - it's bundled as part of the service packs. If you're looking for a non-Microsoft alternative, try VideoSpin.

Windows Vista

When Vista was released, Movie Maker got updated to Windows Live Movie Maker 2011. This is part of Windows Live Essentials, Microsoft's collection of essential, must-have apps. If you're on Vista, have Windows Live Essentials installed and STILL can't use Windows Live Movie Maker, make sure you've installed Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Platform Update. If you're still having a problem, try downloading it separately here, but bear in mind that you have to use the Windows Live Essentials installer and, as a result, you need to be vigilant so as not to install other apps that you don't want, like the odious Windows Live Messenger.

All that sounds too complicated? Try VideoPad, an app that doesn't look as good, but does an excellent job.

Windows 7

Windows 7 doesn't come with Windows Live Movie Maker, but it is compatible, so you can download it separately if you need. What we said earlier about it being part of Windows Live Essentials still stands, though, so watch out on that download! Windows Live Movie Maker is a solid, uncomplicated program and, for some users, is exactly what they need. Others, though, might be interested in a little more oomph, and since Windows 7 is a powerful operating system, this might be the moment to get adventurous. Have a look at this blog post and see if any of the programs we've described might fit your needs.

Windows 8

So far, we haven't seen a Microsoft app for the latest Windows incarnation, Windows 8, but then again, it's only in the earliest stages of production. Hopefully the Microsoft will come up with something, as Movie Maker is still a very popular app. Although it's not the most powerful out there, lots of people are very comfortable with it, and it meets all their needs.

Have you tried any video editors on Windows 8 (or elsewhere) that live up to the Movie Maker legacy?

Commented

  • Dendy Uchiha |
    20/07/12
    Dendy Uchiha

    yes it's ok

  • Kristina |
    24/07/12
    Kristina

    I cant download it i dunno why? Help Pls how can i download i movie maker!!!!!!!!!!!

  • maezxelle |
    25/07/12
    maezxelle

    :)

  • KATHERINE |
    26/07/12
    KATHERINE

    I cant download it i dunno why? Help Pls how can i download i movie maker!!!!!!!!!!!

  • magy davila |
    31/07/12
    magy davila

    este es el mejor movie maker como lo descargoooo

  • magy davila |
    31/07/12
    magy davila

    I cant download it i dunno why? Help Pls how can i download i movie maker!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neeeol |
    01/08/12
    Neeeol

    Windows Live Movie Maker isn't compatible enough. I downloaded it in an attempt to open a .MSWMM file and it complains that it isn't compatible.

  • Jack Young |
    03/08/12
    Jack Young

    I had Movie Maker with XP. Now I have 7 but want the old one because I know how to use it. I import lots of video from my VHS to computer. Please tell me how I can get the one I want. I downloaded the new version but it's all Greek to me.

  • ahmed psha |
    05/08/12
    ahmed psha

    thnk you for program

  • JAN-JAN CUESTA |
    07/08/12
    JAN-JAN CUESTA

    i cant download the windows movie maker on my WINDOWS 7,HELP ME PLEASE..THANKS

  • Adam |
    09/08/12
    Adam

    y i cant download it...urgently need it!!

  • sila |
    24/08/12
    sila

    i cant download

  • jz |
    27/08/12
    jz

    i ccant find the download button

  • kzbrnny |
    28/08/12
    kzbrnny

    Live Movie Maker just isn't the same. Old movie maker was simple to use and it was always easier to see what was going on, this one is jumbled, keeps skipping, and messes up my computer so much that I can't be bothered to use it. A download option for old Movie Maker, please!

  • delowar_hossain78@yahoo.com |
    08/09/12
    delowar_hossain78@yahoo.com

    i cant dowload

  • Bob |
    12/09/12
    Bob

    If this is an example of simplicity, I'm lost.

  • mysterel |
    19/09/12
    mysterel

    Win-7 and Movie Maker and the 2012 update are not compatable (Video card problem)Instead download Windows Live Movie maker 2011-(Version 15.4.3555.0308)(DO NOT UPDATE TO 2012 VERSION) This sets up fine and is the same as the 2012 version on newer Pc's....Also see 'Baines MM6(vista)add-on's which can be incorporated into M.M.-2011.

  • CRis SaTura |
    24/09/12
    CRis SaTura

    There's no Download button appearing ! ohh God! help me please! i really need it now ! for my project ! T_T!

  • XILLA |
    29/09/12
    XILLA

    HOW to creat a video .

  • lufi |
    29/09/12
    lufi

    how download and how to create video.

  • ali |
    04/10/12
    ali

    naiiis

  • Vans |
    10/10/12
    Vans

    its not working...

  • somnath mukherjee |
    16/10/12
    somnath mukherjee

    i can not download windows movie maker (xp) please send me actual address...

  • zainuddin |
    19/10/12
    zainuddin

    why i dont donuwld?/??/

  • givson |
    06/11/12
    givson

    why can't i download movie maker its urgent plz?

  • Melchie Combo |
    17/11/12
    Melchie Combo

    I can't download movie maker, help me please!!

  • shut_derr_fuk_up |
    25/11/12
    shut_derr_fuk_up

    downlaoding movie maker is gr8 i tried it since i was in yr4 and this is the gr8test thing ever its been there since yars and im only 14..loool heeeheee

  • hazirah |
    26/11/12
    hazirah

    i can't download

  • camelia |
    02/12/12
    camelia

    pero porque no aparece el boton de descargas¿?

  • -7u908p7 |
    28/12/12
    -7u908p7

    Live Movie Maker just isn't the same. Old movie maker was simple to use and it was always easier to see what was going on, this one is jumbled, keeps skipping, and messes up my computer so much that I can't be bothered to use it. A download option for old Movie Maker, please!

  • salman12.salh |
    04/01/13
    salman12.salh

    why?

  • Dis Mad Gurl |
    10/01/13
    Dis Mad Gurl

    dude, the freaking essentials 2012 won't download. Sc**w this, I'm reformatting my computer.

  • Kapelish |
    18/01/13
    Kapelish

    Please help, I am downloading Movie maker 2012 for win-7 but it keeps on Repeating after a certain level, it restarts download, but can not complete. Please help!

  • vikas |
    20/01/13
    vikas

    THERE IS NO DOWNLOAD BUTTON KEEP DOWNLOAD BUTTON AS SOON AS U SEE THIS COMMENT

  • vikas |
    20/01/13
    vikas

    Windows Movie Maker XP 2.1 there is no download button for this software please help me for this download

  • venkat reddy |
    21/01/13
    venkat reddy

    hi i want to learn movie maker and graphic disign how? please dearssssssss......

  • ian mckenzie |
    28/01/13
    ian mckenzie

    i downloaded windows Movie Maker 2012 and installed it on my lap to, i have windows 7, but when i installed it, it wasn't in English , How can I get it In english

  • jennifer |
    11/02/13
    jennifer

    My daughter is working on a project and she's ready to download the movie-maker. The problem is that we can not download. Plse help ASAP! Project due Tuesday!

  • eyma ardyss |
    19/02/13
    eyma ardyss

    how to download the movie maker windos 7???

  • Joseph Lowe |
    07/03/13
    Joseph Lowe
  • rohit |
    15/03/13
    rohit

    i can't save the movei

  • khushi yadav |
    20/03/13
    khushi yadav

    i can't download it ? pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help meeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Emanuel |
    22/03/13
    Emanuel

    I can't download this program.Please help me to download! windows XP

  • ragav joshi |
    25/03/13
    ragav joshi

    i want see my son videos

  • andrea2k13 |
    31/03/13
    andrea2k13

    i bought the videopad 3.02 but i dont no how to overlay on it so i want to down load the 3.01 because i can us it but it wont let me because i have bought the 3.02 how will i dwnload the odder version

  • Nick Wasko |
    06/04/13
    Nick Wasko

    I downloaded it, tried it gave up, I want my old Movie Maker back, but it conks out on my new machine. But it had so many features, like fades in and out, being able to delete the sound off imported clips, you can actually see the wave form, helpful to make films if you know where to put the images to match the sound. I tried Wondershare but that does not show the wave line, so how can you adjust film to that. Guess work, no I want my old Windows Movie Maker back, all these other versions are just pox. I tried Video Spin and its awful complicated to figure out. Won't import gifs like Windows Movie Maker did. I need to get video attached so I can upload to You Tube, but none work like the old version did. Make it so it does work microsoft. Forget all this other cr*p.

  • Sodiumkathar |
    07/04/13
    Sodiumkathar

    i was unable to download this software windows movie maker i am a win7 user so how can i download windows movie maker any other option pls.

  • thozamile |
    08/05/13
    thozamile

    hi why cant i download windows live movie maker? can you give me reasons why because i do have internet and windows that support that program.

  • nicecat |
    10/05/13
    nicecat

    download the vista one

  • Frustrated Person |
    28/05/13
    Frustrated Person

    I download more than once, and there is absolutely NO SIGN of it ever being on my computer. It will go through the download process, but the program isn't anywhere to be seen! PLEASE HELP ME!

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