Why does Windows 7 not provide Movie Maker?

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When I was using Windows XP SP 2, I was used to making movies using Movie Maker which was already provided.

Now, with Windows 7, why is there no Movie Maker included?


Windows Movie Maker was discontinued due to the Windows Live Movie Maker, which belongs to the Windows Live Essencials, which is not embedded on Windows 7 by default(you must download and install it manually).


Development of Windows Movie Maker was abandoned after the release of
Windows Vista; its replacement, Windows Live Movie Maker, is included
with Windows Live Essentials, a free download from Windows Live;
that does not have the same features as Windows Movie Maker. Windows
Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista is compatible with Windows 7 and recommended
by video editors, although Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is a stripped down
version and does not include video capture.

Windows Live Essentials includes the following applications:

  • Windows Live Family Safety
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Mesh
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Messenger Companion
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Sign-in Assistant
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Bing Bar
  • Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector
  • Microsoft Silverlight

Windows Live Essentials applications can be installed on Windows Vista
SP2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows 7 incorporates Windows Live Essentials products: Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker. You can download any of these programs.

You can download and install older version of Movie Maker which works great.

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