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Well, before you can start creating your movies with Windows Live Movie Maker, you'll need to make sure it's installed on your computer. If it's not, it's really not a big deal. Just open up your browser and go to the Windows Live homepage. There, you'll find a heading for Essentials, and under Essentials is where you'll see Polished movies: Movie Maker. Just give that a click, and it'll take you to the Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 page. You'll see a brief description about what Movie Maker does, and of course it's all about taking your photos and your videos and turning them into movies, adding special effects, and sounds, and captions, and then of course sharing them at the end-- everything we're going to be talking about in this title.
Right now though, we're going to focus on the Download now button. This allows you to download either the entire suite of Windows Live Essentials or just Movie Maker, if you so choose. So let's give it a click. Now, you'll see a security warning. You need to choose whether or not you're going to run or save the program. We'll just click Run to run it, and you may see a User Account Control, indicating that a program is about to make changes to computer, and you'll need to accept that by clicking Yes. As soon as you do, you'll see the Windows Live Essentials 2011 logo, indicating it's preparing to install.
Nothing is installing yet. You will have the opportunity to choose the entire suite or just pick and choose the programs you want to install. So when the Windows Live Essentials 2011 window opens up, you get to pick to install all of the Windows Live Essentials programs. Look at them all. There's quite a few, including the new Messenger. Photo Gallery goes with Movie Maker. You'll see Mail, Writer, Family Safety-- all kinds of cool things that are part of the Windows Live Essentials suite. But if you only want to install Movie Maker, you'll select Choose the programs you want to install, and from here, you'll get to pick and choose.
You'll notice for me that all of these programs are already installed, so my only option is to close up this window. Notice though that Photo Gallery and Movie Maker go together. So if you're going to be creating movies from your photos, Photo Gallery is an excellent tool that works hand in hand with Movie Maker. You'll see this in action in an upcoming movie. So once you've chosen what you want to install, go ahead and install it, and you'll be ready to start making movies with Windows Live Movie Maker.
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