Windows Essentials 2012 Release Notes

Windows Movie Maker 2012

This page provides late-breaking or other information about Windows  Movie Maker 2012.

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Movie Maker and Photo Gallery must be installed together

Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo Gallery must be installed together because they share many features.

If you have an earlier edition of either Movie Maker or Photo Gallery installed on your PC, you'll have both programs installed after you upgrade to the new editions.

Movie Maker can't start if your PC doesn't have Windows Media Player installed

Movie Maker can't start if it's installed on an edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that doesn't include Windows Media Player. Go to the Get Windows Media Player webpage to get Windows 7 with Windows Media Player. To resolve this issue for a Windows 8.1 N Edition operating system, go to the Microsoft Download Center to install the Media Feature Pack for all Windows 8.1 N and KN editions.

Movie Maker might not run properly on older video hardware

Movie Maker makes extensive use of your video card's GPU (graphics processing unit). PCs with video cards not intended for high-end graphics usage or older cards might encounter problems rendering video and effects in Movie Maker. To resolve this issue, update your graphics driver. Run Windows Update and see if there are any updated drivers before continuing. If there aren't any updates and you're still having problems, try installing drivers directly from NVIDIA, Intel, or ATI/AMD:

On PCs running Windows 7, Movie Maker may not start if your video card doesn’t have DirectX 10 capabilities. If you see error c945000e, “Sorry, Movie Maker can't start. Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements before trying to start Movie Maker again, and then try to update the driver for your video card if Movie Maker still doesn't start,” go to the Microsoft support webpage to install an update to Direct3D for DirectX 9 video cards.

On PCs running Windows 8.1, graphics hardware without dedicated drivers (i.e., adapters appearing as the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter) might limit performance of Movie Maker.

Audio is muted if you speed up video

If you speed up video beyond a factor of 4, audio is automatically muted.

Custom Encode Profiles (prx) are no longer compatible with Movie Maker

Previous custom settings for saving movies (Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 or earlier .prx custom settings) aren't compatible with Windows Movie Maker 2012 and will need to be recreated.

Supported operating system differences

  • The video stabilization feature is only available on Windows 8.1.

  • The Prepare files for saving option in the Options dialog is only available on Windows 8.1.

  • The Burn to DVD option is only available on Windows 7. It will only appear if Windows DVD Maker is installed.

MPEG-2 video doesn't work on Windows 8.1

MPEG-2 format video isn't supported by default on Windows 8.1. It is supported in Windows 8.1 Pro with Windows Media Center. If you're running Windows 8.1 and you want to use MPEG-2 format videos, you should upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro with Windows Media Center, or install a third-party MPEG-2 video decoder solution.

MPEG-2 video doesn't work on Windows Server 2012

MPEG-2 format video isn't supported by default on Windows Server 2012. If you're running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 and you want to use MPEG-2 format videos, you should install a third-party MPEG-2 video decoder solution.

Movie Maker requires additional components when installing on Windows Server 2012

Additional setup steps are required to successfully launch Movie Maker on Windows Server 2012. After successfully installing Essentials on a server operating system, you may find that Movie Maker will still fail to launch successfully. To resolve this issue on Windows Server 2012, please install the following server components:

  • Server feature Media Foundation

  • Server feature User interface and infrastructure and Desktop Experience


  • Installing the Desktop Experience Pack also forces installation of the Ink and Handwriting Services feature.