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How to Download Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10

Catrina Jones
Catrina Jones

Catrina Jones is a qualified editor of this website aimed at multimedia software. She is a regular contributor of product tutorials, reviews as well as tips and tricks, helping all users edit, download or create enjoyable videos.

Creating a movie with photos, videos and music seems daunting, but it's very easy once you master a few editing tools and basic editing skills. Among bunches of video editing programs, Windows Movie Maker is one of the simplest one to use.

It is a handy movie maker released by Microsoft for Windows PC users. However, if you've upgraded your Windows PC to Windows 10 but found out that the Window Movie Maker is nowhere to be found, don't worry. In this guide, we'll show you how to get Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10 and how to use it to stich your photos, videos and music together to make an enhanced video.

Part 1 How to Get Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10

Windows Movie Maker's Key Features
  • Add Photos and Video: Organize and select photos and videos you want to use in your movie.

  • Edit Video: Add text, transitions, effects and more to your movie and easily trim, split, speed up or slow down your movie with editing tools.

  • Edit Audio: Add and edit your movie's sound track, and you can adjust the volume, fade music in or out, etc.

  • Share with Friends: Share your movie to popular video sites including YouTube, Facebook, Windows Live SkyDrvie, etc.

Download and Install Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10

Note: You'd better read through all information provided in the Download Windows Essential page, such as system requirements, properties, language and editions, etc.


Step 1. Go to this link to get access to Windows Essentials 2012, which is a suite of free programs that includes Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer, OneDrive, etc. Then click on "Download now" to get it downloaded on your PC. Or you can choose the language in which you want to download Windows Essentials 2012 in the Worldwide downloads.

Download Windows Essentials

Step 2. Once downloaded, click on the downloaded files to start installation. Click on "Yes" to allow the program to make changes to your PC.


Step 3. As you can see from the installation window, the Suite Windows Live Essential includes a list of programs like Movie Maker, Writer, Photo, Gallery, etc. Select the first option (recommended one) to install all of the programs available.

Install Windows Essentials

Step 4. When the installation is done, click on "Close" to end the task. Now you can run Windows Movie Maker 2012 by clicking on "Start" > "All Programs" > "Windows Movie Maker", after that, you can start editing your videos by following the guide below.

Finish Installing Windows Essentials

Part 2 How to Create Video with Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Import Media Files

Launch Windows Movie Maker, and click "Add videos and photos" in the Home tab. It will navigate to the local folder where you can select files from. Click on "Open" to upload the files. Once imported, the files will appear as small thumbnails on your Timeline.

Import File

Step 2. Edit Videos with Basic Features

Editing Photos

Choose a photo you added on the Timeline. And click on "Edit" button, and you can select the duration times from the Duration drop-down menu. Each of your photos play for seven seconds by default.

Editing Photos

Editing Videos

Select your videos from the Timeline and click on "Edit" button. Then you are able to adjust the video volume/speed, set the start point/end point or trim/split the videos.

Editing Videos

Adding Music

Click on "Add music" on tool bar, then you can add music files from different sources: find new music online or add music from PC.

Adding Music

Adding Other Effects to Video

You are able to add a title, caption and credit to your video from the "Add" section of the Home tab. Click on "Title", for example, you can type out the video title in the preview pane.

 Adding Other Effects to Video

Part 3 Alternative to Windows Movie Maker

If you are looking for a program not only lets you edit videos easily but also provides you with options to convert videos to any popular formats desired or record videos with computer, try the following alternatives: Video Converter Ultimate and Video Editor.


Video Converter Ultimate is both a video converter and a video editor which comes with professional video converting and editing functions. Check out the main features of Video Converter Ultimate:

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  • Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

  • Support various output and input media formats including 4K, 3D, H.265, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP3, DVD disc

  • Convert videos to iPhone/iPad/Samsung/HTC/LG/Sony/PSP/PS3, etc.

  • Combine/trim/crop/burn/record videos with easy steps

  • Download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, Vimeo and more.

Video Converter Ultimate


Video Editor is the best video editing tool for both beginners and experienced users to create professional-looking videos.

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  • Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

  • Built-in with two editing modes : basic editing mode and advanced editing mode

  • Share your work with multiple ways: publish videos to Facebook/YouTube, burn videos to DVD, wirelessly transfer videos to iOS or Android devices

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That's all for now, with so many editing tools around, we're confident you'll be able to make a great movie easily. We understand that there might be other editing programs that you’ve used, please let us know by posting your thoughts in the Comments below.

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