How to Download Windows Movie Maker Free for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Want to download Microsoft Windows Movie Maker for your computer? You're not alone. Many Windows 10 users are reporting their problems as followed:

1. Could anyone help me download a virus-free Windows movie maker? I just bought a laptop with Windows 10 installed and I couldn't find the Windows movie maker among the programs.

2. Can I Get Movie Maker On Windows 10 Again? I had a operating system crash and had to build it up from scratch. Everything goes wrong. One of them is Windows Movie Maker. Now I can't find it anywhere. Can't even get Windows Essentials that it was part of. Anyone helps?

3. I know there's lots of movie maker software. But Windows movie maker was on every Windows previously. It's free and extremely easy to use. Windows users were used to it. Now that its not available, what do people use to make movies in Windows instead?

Here is the answer: Windows Movie Maker was retired together with other products included in Windows Essentials 2012. If you haven't installed Windows Movie Maker previously, it's unavailable to download it from Microsoft. So you need to download it somewhere else (see below) or find a Windows Movie Maker alternative.

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Download Windows Movie Maker by Microsoft

Fortunately, you're able to download Windows Movie Maker from non-Microsoft sites. The only problem is security. Get it from your trusted download sites. Here I recommend which is a non-profit wayback machine. It archived files from, including the Windows Essentials (the suite which included Movie Maker). Here is the link through which you're able to download the offline installer and then install Windows Movie Maker for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

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Download Windows Movie Maker Free Version

Just as Microsoft says on its official site: Any websites offering free downloads of Windows Movie Maker are not offering sanctioned Microsoft products. Be cautious as these products may contain viruses or hidden costs.

You'd better find an alternative to Windows Movie Maker. Here Movavi Video Editor free version is recommended. It works like WMM so you're able to drag and drop video/photos, add titles and transitions and then output to a good-looking movie. Download Windows 10 Movie Maker free version now.

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Microsoft Windows Movie Maker History

Windows Movie Maker had a long life cycle, with different names among this period. It was initially released to the public with Windows ME in 2000. On January 10, 2017, Microsoft decided to discontinue Windows Movie Maker with no longer download and development. Officially, it declares the death of Windows Movie Maker. Below are several important versions of Windows Movie Maker. If you need specific features, get the corresponding version for your Windows system.

Windows Movie Maker 2.6: Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP is a milestone and version 2.6 was also released as some older systems might not be able to run Windows Movie Maker for Vista. It's the version widely used by Windows Vista users. Windows Movie Maker for XP is automatically installed to your computer when you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack. It is not available as a separate download. If there is, it's not safe.

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Windows Live Movie Maker: This is the version for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users between 2009 and 2011, which was included in Windows Live Essentials. In April 2012, Microsoft discontinued the Windows Live brand and re-branded it to Windows Essentials. In the Live version, Windows Movie Maker had a ribbon toolbar similar to Office 2007.

Windows Movie Maker 2012: Released in 2012 after the discontinuation of the Windows Live Movie Maker. This is the last version of WMM before it was retired from January 10, 2017. In this version. the support for voiceovers was restored and H.264/MP4 became the default export format, instead of Microsoft Windows Media Video format. Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 are supported by this version of Windows Movie Maker.

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Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Features

Simplicity is the first priority of Windows Movie Maker. If you think that making a movie with your photos and video is too complicated, take a look at Windows Movie Maker. With a few clicks, your movie is ready for sharing with family and friends.

Import and edit clips

Simply add photos and videos from your PC or camera to your Windows Movie Maker project. Then, use the tools in the menu and make your movies the way you like.

Add a theme and edit audio

To save your time, go to find a movie theme to turn your clips into a movie in a few seconds. Transitions and effects will be automatically added to make your movie look beautiful and professional.

Share your movie anywhere

Once your movie is ready, you're able to share it online, for example, Facebook, YouTube, or other social networking and video sharing sites. Alternatively, send a link to your movie to your family and friends by email so they can share your excited moments quickly and easily.

Is Windows Movie Maker Free?

Yes, you don't have to pay a penny to Microsoft. If someone asks you to send money to get the code for Windows Movie Maker, it's 100% a trap.

Download Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Alternative

Movavi Video Editor is a modern good alternative to Windows Movie Maker. Similarly, Movavi Video Editor has a simple and intuitive graphic interface. In addition, this alternative provides you with advanced features like green screen, stop motion, pan and zoom effects, preset titles and filters, and so on. Get a free trial now or learn more about Movavi Video Editor in the video below.

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