Movie Maker system requirements

Movie Maker has the following system requirements:

  • Operating system:

    • Movie Maker 2011: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit versions) or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit versions)

    • Movie Maker 2012: Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit versions), Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit versions), or Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit versions)

    To burn a movie directly to a DVD using Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker must be installed on your PC. Windows DVD Maker is included in the following operating systems:

    Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate

    To record video from a webcam, Movie Maker must be running on Windows 7.

    The types of video and audio files you can use in Movie Maker depend on which version and edition of Windows that your PC is running. For more information, see What kind of files can I use in Movie Maker?

  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM (2 GB of RAM or higher is recommended when editing HD (high-definition) video)

  • Processor: 2.4 GHz (single processor) or higher (a dual-core processor or higher is recommended when editing HD video)

  • Internet browser: Internet Explorer 7 (or later), Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 (or later), or Safari 3.1 (or later)

  • Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial‑up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long‑distance charges might apply.

  • Graphics or video card:

    Video card or video driver that supports Microsoft DirectX 9.0c (or later) and Pixel Shader 2.0 (or later). For DirectX 9 hardware on Windows 7, go to Windows Update.

    To determine the DirectX version that your video card supports, use the Microsoft DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

    To open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in Windows 7, click the Start button The Start button, type dxdiag in the search box, and then, in the list of results, click dxdiag. Click the Display tab, and then look at the value for DDI Version.
    To open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, tap or click StartWindows logo key in the lower-left corner of the screen, start typing dxdiag, and then click dxdiag in the list of results. Click the System tab, and then look at the value for DirectX Version.
  • Additional required programs: Photo Gallery and Windows Media Player


  • To install or uninstall Movie Maker, you must use an administrator account on the PC.

  • In some cases, the DirectX Diagnostic Tool might not report the Device Driver Interface (DDI) version correctly. For more information, see the article about the DDI version appearing as 9Ex on the Microsoft Support website.

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