Movie Maker was officially discontinued on January 10, 2017 and it is replaced by Windows Story Powerdirector 12 effects free download which is built in with Microsoft Photos in Windows 10. The first release of Windows Movie Maker was included with Windows ME on September 14, 2000.
1 was included in Windows XP a year later, and included support for creating DV AVI and WMV 8 files. 0 was released as a free update in November 2002, and added a number of new features. 1, a minor update, is included in Windows XP Service Pack 2. 6000, same as Windows Vista itself.
As some older systems might not be able to run the new version of Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft also released an updated older version 2. 6 for Windows Vista on Microsoft Download Centre. This version included the old effects and transitions, and is basically the same as Windows Movie Maker 2. 1, but without the ability to capture video.
Installation requires Windows Vista and is only intended for use on computers where the hardware accelerated version cannot be run. A new version of the software, renamed Windows Live Movie Maker 2009, was released as a beta on September 17, 2008, and officially released as a standalone product through Windows Live Essentials suite on August 19, 2009. Movie Maker 2009 supported both Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows Movie Maker 2012 was released in April 2012.