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[Solved] Windows Movie Maker Not Working on Windows 10/11

Windows Movie Maker has stopped working? Fix it now, no matter what OS you're running!

Windows Movie Maker (aka. Windows Live Movie Maker in Windows 7), a part of Windows Essentials softwaresuite, is free video editing software developed by Microsoft.

Although it has been discontinued since January 10, 2017, it is also available to create and edit videos. However, we may come across error message "Windows Movie Maker has stopped working" or "Windows Movie Maker does not start" when we attempt to start it on Windows 10/8/7/Vista. Below is an example. And the fixes will follow.

I am constantly getting a "Movie Maker has stopped working" error message every time I try to load a project that is anything more than a few minutes long. I have tried EVERYTHING that I have found online to try to fix the problem ... update drivers, codecs, checked video file format for compatibility, system specs, etc., etc. NOTHING WORKS! PLEASE HELP.

Windows (10) Movie Maker not working
Windows (10) Movie Maker not working

You may need WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to assist Windows Movie Maker in the following aspects:

• Convert virtually any video format to Windows Movie Maker supported file formats;
• Work as an alternative to edit videos by trimming, cropping, merging, etc, when Windows Movie Maker has stopped working or encounters other errors;
• Free download videos from 1000+ websites like YouTube for further editing on Windows Movie Maker;
• Make photo slideshow videos with background music; record video on/before screen (available on Mac version only).

How to Fix Windows Movie Maker Not Working on Windows 11/10/8(.1)/7/Vista?

How could this happen?

This error message will pop up if an incompatible video filter has been installed in your computer.

How to fix it?

The best possible solution to solve Windows Movie Maker not working issue is to run it in safe mode and disable incompatible video filter. To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Click "Start" and choose "All Programs".
Step 2. Navigate to "Accessories", and click "Command Prompt".
Step 3. At the command prompt, you should type in "CD \program files\movie maker" (don't type in quotation marks) and tap on Enter.
Step 4. Enter "moviemk.exe /safemode" (likely, no quotation marks). Then, Windows Movie Maker starts in safe mode.
Step 5. At the top menu of Movie Maker, locate and click "Tools", and then click "Options".
Step 6. From the pop-up small window, navigate to "Compatibility" tab, and disable any third-party video filter by clearing the check boxes. This change won't affect other video programs installed on your computer.

fix windows movie maker not working -method 1
fix windows movie maker not working -method 1

Alternatively, you can try to fix Windows Movie Maker not working issue by changing the compatibility in the Properties. Tutorial is attached below.

Step 1. Go to shortcut of Windows Movie Maker, right click on it, and then choose "Properties".
Step 2. At MovieMaker Properties interface, click "Compatibility" tab.
Step 3. Move to "Compatibility mode" part, and check the box of "Run this program in compatibility mode for:".
Step 4. Then click the dropdown arrow, and choose an OS.
 If you have windows 8 then select Windows 7;
 If you have windows 7 then select Windows Vista (Service pack 1 or 2);
 If you have windows Vista then select Windows XP (Service Pack 1, 2 or 3).
Step 5. Hit on "Apply", and then "Ok" to save your settings.

fix windows movie maker stopped working - method 2
fix windows movie maker stopped working - method 2

After trying one of the solutions above, you're likely to avoid Windows Movie Maker has stopped working error message on Windows 10/8/7/Vista. But if this issue is still there, you probably have to switch to a Windows Movie Maker alternative.

As we mentioned in the beginning, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can work as a substitute to Windows Movie Maker for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and even Mac. Its features include but are not limited to the followings:

* Convert and edit videos of nearly all formats;
* Compress videos by decreasing resolution, bit rate, etc;
* Trim off unwanted segment by setting start and end time or dragging bar directly;
* Crop away black bars or undesired image part;

External source from wiki::
Windows Movie Maker - Windows Movie Maker (formerly known as Windows Live Movie Maker[4] in Windows 7) is a discontinued video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr...


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