Follow these steps to edit the registry and add the option for accessing network drives and importing videos or photos into the Movie Maker™ software.
WARNING: There is a risk of software corruption and data loss. When editing the Registry, there is the risk of corrupting installed software or the operating system, which may result in data loss.
- This procedure only applies to the Windows Live™ Movie Maker software version that has been installed as part of the Microsoft® Essentials Suite. This procedure will not work with a Movie Maker software version that was installed as part of the Windows® operating system.
- Since this is an advanced procedure, we recommend that you only attempt this if you have experience modifying the Registry.
- Make a backup the Registry before beginning this procedure.
- Click the Start button and in the Search field, type REGEDIT, and then press the Enter key.
- In the Registry Editor window, in the left pane, double-click the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder.
- In the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder, double-click the SOFTWARE folder.
- In the SOFTWARE folder, double-click the Microsoft folder.
- In the Microsoft folder, double-click the Windows Live folder.
- In the Windows Live folder, double-click the Movie Maker folder.
- In the Movie Maker folder, on the menu bar, click Edit, click New and then click DWORD (32-bit) value.
- In the New Value field, type AllowNetworkFiles, and then click OK.
- In the Registry Editor window, double-click the new AllowNetworkFile value.
- In the DWORD (32-bit) Value window, in the Value data field, set the value to 1, and then click OK.
- In the Registry Editor window, click the X in the upper-right corner to close the window.
- Restart the computer.