Thursday, December 17, 2009

How to Install Windows Movie Maker 6.1 from Vista (WMM6) in Windows 7



How to Install Windows Movie Maker 6.1 from Vista (WMM6) in Windows 7
by Bevin Chu
December 17, 2009


Do you have Windows 7? So do I.

Don't you just love it? It's so much better than Vista isn't it?

There's only one problem. Windows 7 includes Windows Live Movie Maker, or WLMM, the worst version of Windows Movie Maker ever offered. WLMM doesn't even feature a timeline, the most attractive feature of Windows Movie Maker.

Vista, on the other hand, includes Windows Movie Maker 6.1, or WMM6, the best version of Windows Movie Maker ever offered.

Is there some way to have the best of both worlds? Is there some way to install the Windows 7 Operating System, and also have Windows Movie Maker 6.1, from Vista?

Microsoft will tell you you can't. Microsoft will urge you to live with Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM), which comes with Windows 7. Windows Live Movie Maker. What a misnomer. Windows Dead Movie Maker is more like it. Windows Dead On Arrival Movie Maker, in fact. Call it WDOAMM.

Others may helpfully suggest that you download and install Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (WMM2.6). WMM2.6 isn't as bad as WLMM, but it's nowhere as good as WMM6.

Don't listen to them. Both WLMM and WMM2.6 are inferior versions of Windows Movie Maker with fewer features.

The fact is, you can install Windows Movie Maker 6.1 in Windows 7.

Simply visit one of a number of sites that offer free downloads of WMM6 specially tweaked so that it can be installed in Windows 7. Several are listed below.

They appear to have been written by the same software programmer, one Noel Danjou, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.

Download the executable, install it, and you're good to go!

NB: I'm not sure whether WMM6 should be referred to as 6.0 or 6.1. I'm calling it 6.1 in the interim.


Download Windows Movie Maker 6.1 for Windows 7:


From Noel Danjou
http://noeld.com/programs.asp?cat=video

From Softpedia

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/Windows-Movie-Maker-Installer.shtml

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Fish Wallpaper

Windows 7 Beta Fish Wallpaper
December 16, 2009
Taipei, China


The Story of the Windows 7 Beta Fish, by Matthew Lawrence
http://blog.mat-lawrence.co.uk/2009/01/story-of-windows-7-beta-fish.html

Thanks to Matthew Lawrence, a computer programmer in the UK for having the foresight to hang on to a copy of this clever and beautiful wallpaper, and the generosity to make it available to everyone.

Much appreciated!

Be sure to read his fascinating account explaining what the fish had to do with the beta version of Windows 7.


Windows 7 Beta Fish Wallpaper

This wallpaper is beautiful. That much is obvious.

But why did I say it was clever? Because experience shows that blue may well be the most durable color for a wallpaper. Many other colors become tiresome after a while. Blue on the other hand, seems to hold up in the long term.

Given blue as our first choice, what next? One could of course make the blue wallpaper a blue sky. After all, the name of the operating system is Windows. As one looks out one's window, what does one see? The blue sky, of course.

But another, less obvious, but even more ingenious concept, is to make the blue wallpaper the blue sea. The bright spot is of course the sun. Its rays penetrate the surface of the waves.


Windows 7 Beta Fish Wallpaper - Horizontally Flipped

I flipped the wallpaper because the lighter colored water in the corner may make one's icons a little hard to read.

Horizontally flipping the wallpaper puts the darker water in the upper left corner, increasing the contrast between the icons and the wallpaper.