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About Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker is a free digital-video editing tool that's designed to be easy to use. Microsoft stopped making new versions in 2012, but you can still download Movie Maker from the Microsoft site. Movie Maker is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 10; however, Microsoft does not provide technical support for Windows Movie Maker when it's used with Windows 10.
Microsoft released the first version of Windows Movie Maker in September 2000, responding to a growing need for approachable and free video editors, which at the time were expensive and complicated for untrained users. Since then, other free or inexpensive video editors have become available, and Microsoft has gradually transitioned away from making free desktop software.
Where is Windows Movie Maker on your PC?
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 10, Movie Maker may not be preinstalled on your computer. You must download Windows Essentials, which includes Movie Maker and Photo Gallery as one package, but you can choose not to install the other apps in the suite (which vary according to the version of Windows that the installer detects).
What are the system requirements for Windows Movie Maker?
You need a 2.4GHz CPU (Microsoft recommends at least a dual-core chip for HD video editing), 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended for HD), a video card that supports DirectX 9.0C, and Pixel Shader 2.0. Because Movie Maker relies on a video card to function smoothly, Microsoft also recommends that you check Windows Update to make sure that you have the latest video card drivers.
Alternatives to Windows Movie Maker
Wax is one of the few free video editors that's widely recommended, and it has a reputation for being easy to use. However, like Movie Maker, it has not been updated since 2012.
More advanced users can try Corel VideoStudio. The full version is a paid product, but it is much less expensive than Avid or Adobe Premiere and easier to use.