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 have all been removed. The following response to a question on Microsoft Answers might help:
Where to get a Safe Download of Movie Maker

Where are the Windows Essentials Offline Installers for other languages?
They have all been removed from the Microsoft website.

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?
As part of the Fall Creators Update to Windows 10, the Photos App now includes the ability to create a movie from your photos and videos. You can either let it start the process using the Create > Video remix option, or you can do it yourself using the Create > Video project.

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


  1. Is there a way to download it now?

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

    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.

    3. Thanks for this... I was able to install and it works fine as far as I can tell so far. It's much appreciated.

  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 ( 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

  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.

  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!

  5. Blaine - thank you so much for the info. I am a wedding videographer and I recently bought a new Win 10 PC and things have been hectic with the transition. One of the unpleasant surprises has been not being able to find WMM preinstalled!

    The version you link to above didn't work for me for some reason. Do you know if is a legitimate download?

    1. That site does seem to link to the same links. And they appear to be for different languages besides just English, so that looks like a good resource.

  6. Under my desk, my old laptop with Windows 7 will still run Windows Live Movie Maker. My newer Windows 10 system of course doesn't have it. Is there a method by which I can get the application program from my old laptop into my newer one?
    I assume not, so...
    As to your link you linked to here...
    English (United States)
    The posting specified seeking a remedy for a Win7 computer, so must I avoid trying it in a Win10 computer?

  7. Hello, it's awesome that you have this site. One thing I have noticed is that auto-updates to win10 remove MMv6 installations so it has to be reinstalled. Last time, this worked for me, but after the most recent update and reinstall of MM, now when I run MM, it also launches media player. Moreover, the media player immediately errs out saying that it can't detect any windows media updates. It doesn't seem to be a showstopper but it is annoying.

    1. It is annoying that the update process constantly wipes out the older Movie Maker each time. And yes, they are now attempting to get rid of links to the older Windows Media Player which is somehow part of the start up process of Movie Maker. I've been trying to figure out how to remove this nag screen. Obviously we can just dismiss it each time, but it would be better if it didn't show at all.

  8. So often sites that appear to be 'helpful' end up being rubbish or a scam.

    I rarely say this but your site just saved me heaps of time. Simple and straight to what I wanted.

    Thank you for preserving WMM 6.0 for me. New laptop, Win 10, giving me the shits.

    Well done, buddy. Thanks.

  9. just trying to load photos again on windows live photo gallery and Microsoft blocked it