Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing programme provided by Microsoft designed to make creating and sharing your digital media quick and easy. A number of versions have been made available since its launch in 2000 across the various Microsoft operating systems. It is pre-loaded as Windows Live Movie Maker within the Windows Essentials Live suite of software on Windows 7, 8 and Vista. Depending on your operating system, uninstalling it can be more challenging than the usual click "start," "computer," and "uninstall" method. Find out which operating system you're running and read on.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Click on "Start", then "Computer" then "Uninstall or change a programme."
Locate Windows Live Essentials from programme list and click on it. A pop-up will appear. Click on "Remove one or more Windows Live programs."
Tick the Windows Movie Maker icon and click "Uninstall."
Instructions for Vista, Windows 7 and 8
Open Notepad from your start list. Copy and paste the following into notepad:
@echo off del "%SystemRoot%\system32\dllcache*wmm.dll" del "%SystemRoot%\system32\dllcache\moviemk.exe" del "%ProgramFiles%\Movie Maker*." rmdir /s "%ProgramFiles%\Movie Maker" pause
Save the file as abc.bat (it can be anything). Remember the filepath.
Restart you computer in safe mode (press and hold F8 before the Windows logo appears to enter safe mode). Remember the filepath.
Locate your saved abc.bat filepath and click to run. Type "Y" within the DOS screen that appears to delete the programme. Restart your computer to complete.
Instructions for all operating systems
Tips and warnings
- Windows Movie Maker takes up a minimal amount of space on your computer. Do you really need to delete it?
- If you wish to reinstall the programme, the latest current version can be found to download here:
- Before proceeding with the uninstallation of this programme, be certain that you no longer require it.
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