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Windows 7: Movie Maker 2.6 and 2.1 .MSWMM Compatibility Problems...


31 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
Movie Maker 2.6 and 2.1 .MSWMM Compatibility Problems...

Hey guys, 2 Bunny here once again with a new and fascinating question.
I've been dualbooting Windows 7 and xp on this computer, and started a lengthy video in Movie Maker 2.1 (WinXp). I saved the file and some time later opened it in Movie Maker 2.6 (Win 7), during which I tweaked and edited it some more. Today, I came back to Movie Maker 2.1 and it refuses to open the MovieMaker Project file (.MSWMM), returning the error "Windows Movie Maker Cannot Open this file". No, I am not trying to open a WMV file with it or anything. This is the same project file that I have been using all along. Does MM 2.6 do something to the files that prevents them from opening in Movie Maker 2.1?

Thanks.

- 2 Bunny

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31 Jul 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am curious why you would be using such antique video editors where you could use WLMM in Windows7. You can even make WMM work in Windows 7.
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31 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I am curious why you would be using such antique video editors where you could use WLMM in Windows7
The last time I tried it it did not work right. It wouldn't start - it just gave me some weird error. I can try it again for the betterment of the community if you'd like.

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You can even make WMM work in Windows 7.
Exactly what I'm using. Movie Maker always works the best.

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31 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

When WLMM works, it is so much better than the original one in XP. Not that i didn't like using it, it just slowed my down my computer. With a combination of Format Factory, WLMM, and Windows DVD Maker, I have made some pretty awesome home videos.
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01 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

You created the movie project with Windows Movie Maker 2.1 on XP, then tried to open it with Windows Movie Maker 2.6 on Windows 7. The older program simply can't open files saved from a newer version of that program.

WMM 2.6 can open files saved from WMM 2.1 because it has backward compatibility but WMM 2.1 can't open files that are last modified and saved in WMM 2.6 because forward compatibility simply does not exist in this case.


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I am curious why you would be using such antique video editors where you could use WLMM in Windows7. You can even make WMM work in Windows 7.
Windows LIVE Movie Maker is one of the biggest software flops I have ever seen from Microsoft. Bloody thing doesn't even have a timeline, installs too many components with it and just isn't that good at all compared to the standard version of Windows Movie Maker. I hated it with fury.
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01 Aug 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Windows LIVE Movie Maker is one of the biggest software flops I have ever seen from Microsoft. Bloody thing doesn't even have a timeline, installs too many components with it and just isn't that good at all compared to the standard version of Windows Movie Maker. I hated it with fury.
Originally I was of your opinion too. But after playing around with it for a while, I find it quite acceptable and useful. But on the timeline you are right. That is a serious omission.
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01 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
You created the movie project with Windows Movie Maker 2.1 on XP, then tried to open it with Windows Movie Maker 2.6 on Windows 7. The older program simply can't open files saved from a newer version of that program.

WMM 2.6 can open files saved from WMM 2.1 because it has backward compatibility but WMM 2.1 can't open files that are last modified and saved in WMM 2.6 because forward compatibility simply does not exist in this case.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I am curious why you would be using such antique video editors where you could use WLMM in Windows7. You can even make WMM work in Windows 7.
Windows LIVE Movie Maker is one of the biggest software flops I have ever seen from Microsoft. Bloody thing doesn't even have a timeline, installs too many components with it and just isn't that good at all compared to the standard version of Windows Movie Maker. I hated it with fury.
No timeline? I think I'll try to use one of those handy things you can torrent to get the version of movie maker that came on the predecessor of Windows 7 (the one after Windows xp, but before windows 7), sounds like it is supposed to look even cooler without being "Windows Live" Plus you don't have to use PapaJohn's Tweak to make high resolution videos.

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Windows LIVE Movie Maker is one of the biggest software flops I have ever seen from Microsoft. Bloody thing doesn't even have a timeline, installs too many components with it and just isn't that good at all compared to the standard version of Windows Movie Maker. I hated it with fury.
Originally I was of your opinion too. But after playing around with it for a while, I find it quite acceptable and useful. But on the timeline you are right. That is a serious omission.
Hmm... It sounds a lot like something else Microsoft royally botched up... Windows Mobile 7, LOL!

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