Thursday, December 17, 2009

How to Install Windows Movie Maker 6.1 from Vista (WMM6) in Windows 7

How to Install Windows Movie Maker 6.1 from Vista (WMM6) in Windows 7
by Bevin Chu
December 17, 2009

Do you have Windows 7? So do I.

Don't you just love it? It's so much better than Vista isn't it?

There's only one problem. Windows 7 includes Windows Live Movie Maker, or WLMM, the worst version of Windows Movie Maker ever offered. WLMM doesn't even feature a timeline, the most attractive feature of Windows Movie Maker.

Vista, on the other hand, includes Windows Movie Maker 6.1, or WMM6, the best version of Windows Movie Maker ever offered.

Is there some way to have the best of both worlds? Is there some way to install the Windows 7 Operating System, and also have Windows Movie Maker 6.1, from Vista?

Microsoft will tell you you can't. Microsoft will urge you to live with Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM), which comes with Windows 7. Windows Live Movie Maker. What a misnomer. Windows Dead Movie Maker is more like it. Windows Dead On Arrival Movie Maker, in fact. Call it WDOAMM.

Others may helpfully suggest that you download and install Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (WMM2.6). WMM2.6 isn't as bad as WLMM, but it's nowhere as good as WMM6.

Don't listen to them. Both WLMM and WMM2.6 are inferior versions of Windows Movie Maker with fewer features.

The fact is, you can install Windows Movie Maker 6.1 in Windows 7.

Simply visit one of a number of sites that offer free downloads of WMM6 specially tweaked so that it can be installed in Windows 7. Several are listed below.

They appear to have been written by the same software programmer, one Noel Danjou, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.

Download the executable, install it, and you're good to go!

NB: I'm not sure whether WMM6 should be referred to as 6.0 or 6.1. I'm calling it 6.1 in the interim.

Download Windows Movie Maker 6.1 for Windows 7:

From Noel Danjou

From Softpedia


redaction said...

Dude, thank you so much. This page saved a lot of hours of job for me !

Dawnne said...

Oh, my goodness. Thank you so, so much. I've missed WMM6 ever since I got my new computer (which I love, except for the whole Windows Dead Movie Maker). I really appreciate this! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Kim Jensen said...

Thank God for You!

Bevin Chu said...

Dear Kim, et al,

You are most welcome!

I searched high and low for a solution to the same problem. Then I stumbled upon Noel Danjou's hack.

So to remind myself where to find it again in case I ever needed to reinstall it, I posted it.

I figured I might as well help others while helping myself.

Fiona Biag said...

thank you so much! this helps me a lot to my project! :))