Removing Windows Movie Maker
What Visual Basic did for non-professional programmers, Windows Movie Maker does for consumers who want to create really cool videos.
Our son Chris in Germany had never liked using a computer. This past holiday season, Santa brought him a new video camera and I pointed him towards Movie Maker. He now thinks computers are cool and yesterday sent his latest creation staring our grandkids Marisa and Tristan. If you’d like to see what he’s learned check out, http://www.billp.com/studio/video/thekids.wmv. What’s really amazing is, his version of Movie Maker is all in German and uses text he’s never seen before. Movie Maker rocks!
Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to remove Movie Maker from Windows. If you have an updated XP SP2 system you can’t even re-install it. If anyone knows how, leave a comment. I’ve been trying to re-install Movie Maker to fix a problem I have with transitions. Even with the help and advice of experts I haven’t been successful.
Windows Movie Maker is a great example of an application which Microsoft could have released as a stand alone application. To “promote” their own media format (.WMV) Movie Maker was included free and is integrated into Windows. This is one of the reasons Microsoft ends up needing antitrust lawyers and wastes their time in court.