Article ID : 00045007 / Last Modified : 08/26/2016

The Windows Live Movie Maker software does not allow importing video or photo files from a network source.

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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.
  1. Click the Start button and in the Search field, type REGEDIT, and then press the Enter key.
  2. In the Registry Editor window, in the left pane, double-click the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder.
  3. In the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder, double-click the SOFTWARE folder.
  4. In the SOFTWARE folder, double-click the Microsoft folder.
  5. In the Microsoft folder, double-click the Windows Live folder.
  6. In the Windows Live folder, double-click the Movie Maker folder.
  7. In the Movie Maker folder, on the menu bar, click Edit, click New and then click DWORD (32-bit) value.
  8. In the New Value field, type AllowNetworkFiles, and then click OK.
  9. In the Registry Editor window, double-click the new AllowNetworkFile value.
  10. In the DWORD (32-bit) Value window, in the Value data field, set the value to 1, and then click OK.
  11. In the Registry Editor window, click the X in the upper-right corner to close the window.
  12. Restart the computer.