Monday, December 26, 2016

Movie Maker and Photo Gallery went away on January 10, 2017

Update: This post has been updated to reflect the state of Windows Essentials 2012 now that the deadline has passed.

Microsoft announced it has stopped supporting Movie Maker and Photo Gallery (part of Windows Essentials 2012) as of January 10, 2017.

Here are a few questions and answers:

Are the programs still available for download? 
The web installers and offline installers that used to be available at download.live.com have all been removed. I did save a copy of the English installer. Here's the link to the Windows Essentials 2012 offline installer - English (U.S.)

Where are the Windows Essentials Offline Installers for other languages?
They have all been removed from the Microsoft website. You might find links on archive.org.

What happens to Movie Maker (and Photo Gallery) if it is already installed?
Already installed applications will continue to work as they do today but there will be no updates.

What are the recommended alternatives for Movie Maker and Photo Gallery from Microsoft?
The suggested replacement for Photo Gallery is the built-in Photos application, but I leave it to you to decide if that is a true replacement or not. There is no replacement for Movie Maker. The only things in the Windows Store are from 3rd parties or are for short clip making such as Movie Moments.

Update: As part of the Fall Creators Update to Windows 10, Microsoft has announced a "Story Remix" feature inside of Photos. We'll have to see if that can be considered the successor to Movie Maker.

What other options are there? 
ProVideoCoalition has posted their Free Video Editing Software Guide for 2017.

6 comments:

  1. Is there a way to download it now?

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    1. So far the links above still work. But I suggest you get the installer now, in case Microsoft drops it.

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    2. Microsoft has now removed the offline installers also, but I was able to archive the English installer at least. I've updated the link above.

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  2. Hey Blaine,

    I don't know if you'll see this or not, but just in case, I wanted to let you know that on my YouTube channel (youtube.com/Reetae27) I just finished up a MASSIVE 9-hour review of the show Lost, which I did entirely on Windows Movie Maker 6.0. I'm writing to you because your WMM upgrades, which I downloaded and used, were invaluable for it; I honestly would've run out of footage had I not been able to substantially slow down videos through one of your upgrades, which is why I thanked you at the end of my last video.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that your blog has been an enormous help, even after WMM has technically died off. Keep up the good work, no matter what it is, and thank you for all you've done!

    - Reetae

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  3. Thank you, I did not know we were not able to use online installer. I had 2011 version and 2012 version installed but may need to reinstall windows 10 creation update. This will help me keep it as I do not like new windows photo app. Movie maker only program ik of to.

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  4. I can't believe you would do this for those of us that got stuck with a new computer and no way to use Movie Maker. Thank You!

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