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How to fix Windows Movie Maker for Vista from freezing while publishing

Updated on December 30, 2010

I'd spend forever getting everything lined up just perfectly, click publish, and then...the big freeze.

This was extremely frustrating. I was able to publish videos that were up to 3 and a half minutes long, but any longer than that and Windows Movie Maker for Vista would freeze up and I'd have to abort the publishing.

I tried everything. I downloaded the latest version, I closed every program not essential to my computer remaining on, I disabled codecs, I sacrificed a squirrel to the Windows god...nada, it kept freezing.

What to do?

Then I slapped my forehead and tried this. I cut my video in half. I was trying to make a video that was 6 minutes long, I had cut it to the bare bones to get it down to 4 minutes but it still wouldn't take. So I went back to the six minute video, went to three minutes in, and started cutting everything past the three minute mark.

After I cut off the second half of the movie, I published...and it went through, the first three minutes was turned into one WMV file.

After that I exited out of Movie Maker and did not save the changes I had made. I reloaded Movie Maker, and opened my 6 minute long file back up. I went back to the three minute mark, but this time I cut everything before the three minute mark. I made sure to note at what point I had made the cut from the first piece so as to put it back together later.

I published the second three minutes, and again exited out of Movie Maker without saving. I reloaded, and started a new file. I then imported my two new .WMV files into Movie Maker and put them together. I added my text elements, and added my audio.

It was important to do this last, because I didn't want to have to have to cut my song in half or make any other audio edits to what I already had. Doing it this way I was able to keep everything intact just as I had wanted.

I hit publish, and Movie Maker zipped through the two .WMV files and created one big .WMV file. The file I had spent the last day desperately trying to get published.

I'm sure there's something else I could do to fix this problem and get Movie Maker to work properly, but I'm not smart enough to figure it out. So this was my fix, and I assure you anyone can do it.

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens indeed...:)

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      cok666 lm 

      7 years ago

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      useful information..

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      7 years ago

      I do not have Windows movie maker in my version of windows but the old one did. Great tips for using the Windows movie maker.

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      7 years ago

      I have had this issue several times myself. What worked for me was to frequently "save the project" Once it was complete, I exit the program as you did, start it back up just open the project and save to computer. Will definitely be trying your method for some of the longer videos though.

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      Stacy Fordham 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for visiting my "Please Like My Lens" page.

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      I've got the freeze problem using XP. I think my issue might be horsepower or memory. I'm gonna try Movie Maker on the hubby's new Win7 machine with an i3 processor and 4gb. Thanks for the tips - they may just work on my old laptop and desktop machines.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That must have been frustrating, but glad to see you were able to manage a fix for the issue. Thankfully, I've never used Vista - I went from XP directly to 7. I agree it's worth the upgrade to Windows 7.

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      7 years ago

      Get Windows 7 - It's what Vista was supposed to be!

      This is one upgrade that is clearly worth the money.

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      7 years ago

      Great tip for those still using Vista.

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      7 years ago

      nice tips :)


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