Dec 12 2011

Windows Live Movie Maker 2011: [free app] Remove Recent Projects

Windows Live Movie Maker is a free offering from Microsoft that offers novice and average users the ability to edit video and from there, be able to share/publish it to Facebook, YouTube, eMail, DVD and even custom resolutions. It’s a basic editor with very simplified interface, and it’s part of the Windows Live Essentials Suite of applications.

And from time to time, in the Windows Live Movie Maker support forum, the question is resented on how to remove the Recent Projects history.

The quick answer is that you can’t; not within the application. But the information can be removed because it’s being stored in the registry. This requires some dumpster dving in to the Windows registry…

Here’s the hard way…

Click the Windows “Start” button at the bottom left of your screen. Type “regedit” into the search box. Select the icon labeled “regedit,” and click to open it. Accept the security prompts by selecting “Continue” or “Ok.”

Locate the folder labeled “HKEY_CURRENT_USER,” and click the plus sign to the left of it. Scroll down the list, and locate the folder labeled “Software.” Click on the plus sign once again.

Scroll down the list, and select the plus sign next to the “Microsoft” folder. Keep scrolling to find the “Windows Live” folder, and click the plus sign. Select “Movie Maker,” and click to show the contents in the right-hand list.

Click on the “Recent” icon once to highlight it. Right-click, and scroll down to click “Delete.” Select “Yes” from the prompt.


and Done…



if your uncomfortable with that and just want to click on something and it be done for you…


Here’s the easy way…

I wrote a small program to do this for you; it’s completely free— you’re welcome to use it.

You start off with this and NOT wanting to let others see what you’ve been working on… [haha]


Then you run my program… choose yes or no.


Yes… or No.

Yes… removes the entries from the registry.

No. Cancels the process; nothing happens— program closes.


But choosing YES …



Windows Live Movie Maker recent projects removed… restart Windows Live Movie Maker.




WLMM_Remove Recent Projects application 

I hope this helps…
Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.
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  • Lloyd Davis

    I imported video from an 8mm tape into WLMM using Roxio's Easy VHS to DVD and have had numerous problems. Is there any better way to import 8mm tapes?

  • Well, I have not dealt with Roxio VHS to DVD, but I have used other software to convert VHS to a video format [showing my age]. What I can say is that those attempts were not what I would have considered successful. Meaning, the videos were transferred over to a digital video format, but the quality was so bad, I just gave up. That was like 6 years ago… things may have gotten better. At any rate, if you can get the 8mm video in to a digital format, and if you are having any issues with the video going in to Windows Live Movie Maker; I would simply run a converter on it. Run a converter on the video, convert it to something like standard mpg, AVI or WMV. It may take some time, but it's going to be a less headache later.

    I have some suggestions for video conversion. I have used all three of these video converters and think are are very good; and easy to use. They all have the video conversion options you'd be searching for and handle plenty of formats— and they're all free.


    I hope this helps…


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