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Windows 7: Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7 Home Premium Suddenly Not Working

11 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7 Home Premium Suddenly Not Working

Hello friends!

I make a bunch of videos for YT, and ever so often, I want to make a quick video on WMM. Yesterday, I was working on a project (with a bunch of large files) when I split a clip. The first part of the clip turned black in the thumbnail section and wouldn't play in the preview. I've had this happen before, so I closed the program and reopened it but now the entire timeline was gray and neither the video would play in preview, nor the audio (an overlaid WAV) would play. So, I restarted my computer. Nothing. For 12 hours, NOTHING. So, today I decided to make sure I had all the correct updates and drivers, but when I downloaded my first update and tried to open the program it wouldn't let me and I got a new message:

"Sorry, Movie Maker can't start. Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements before trying to start the Movie Maker again, and then try to update the drivers for your video card if Movie Maker still doesn't start."

I had just updated all of the drivers, so I decided to uninstall and re-install the program. I remember an issue with this when I first downloaded it so I went on to this forum to be sure I was downloading the correct program but still NOTHING!

I am fairly computer savvy and am literally at a loss! I can edit my videos in a different program, but this particular video was about ten minutes from being complete, after working for about two hours and I would be pissed to have to start from scratch (four different cameras!!!!)

Please help me! Below are all my specs.

Windows 7 Home Premium
Service pack 1

Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz
4 gigs RAM
64-bit Operating System


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26 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit


Not an answer Im afraid but was just wondering if you got it resolved? Im having problems too but with an "access denied" message although I did at one point also get the same message as you posted above? I have put a query on the boards specifically about my message but was just wondering if you had solved your problem?

Cheers, P
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02 Mar 2014   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums FakeMe and PR3TTYH8MACHIN3. Try this as a 1st step. Boot to a Clean start and see if the program works now

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

If it works in a Clean start, there is a conflict. You say you had just updated all of the drivers, so this may be a place to start. You could roll back to the previous driver and see if that is the fix.

A Guy
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