Windows Essentials applications support installation on Windows 10, 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, Server 2008 R2, and Server 2012. Previous versions were also available on Windows XP and Windows Vista and included Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft released Windows Essentials 2012 on August 7, 2012, for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Windows Essentials included SkyDrive for Windows (later renamed OneDrive) and dropped Windows Live Mesh, Messenger Companion, and Bing Bar.
Microsoft Family Safety is also installed for Windows 7 users only, as Windows 8 has built-in family safety functionalities. Further, Windows Essentials 2012 also dropped the “Windows Live” branding from the installer itself, as well as from programs such as Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, which have been branded Windows Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker respectively.
These two programs have also received several updates and enhancements since their 2011 release, including video stabilization, waveform visualizations, new narration tracks, audio emphasizing, default save as H.264 format, and enhanced text effects for Movie Maker; as well as AutoCollage integration and addition of Vimeo as a publishing partner for Photo Gallery. No significant changes or re-branding were made in this release for other programs such as Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Writer.
2012 includes the following applications
- Photo Gallery
- Movie Maker
- OneDrive (later integrated into Windows 8.1 or Windows 10)
- Family Safety (Windows 7 only)
What you need
Before you install Movie Maker you might need to first have the net framework version 3.5 installed before it will work. Also, visit the Microsoft article HERE for more information.
Movie Maker Windows Essentials 2012 Microsoft Offline Installer
Movie Maker Windows Essentials 2011 Microsoft Offline installer
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