How to Fix Windows Transcoder Has stopped working (Movie Maker)

This is the error that is being constantly encountered by the users of the Windows 7/ Vista. When someone tries to start Microsoft Windows Movie Maker on a Windows Vista or 7 based computer, the following error messages are displayed:

  • Windows Movie Maker has stopped working
  • Windows Movie Maker does not start.
  • Windows Movie Maker Transcoder has stopped working.
  • These problems will prevent you from importing & making video files.

This issue can occur if an incompatible video filter is installed on the computer. It is also possible that there’s a corrupted data within Windows Essentials/Movie Maker that’s making the program unable to function properly. Maybe the default Operating System that is set in the Properties is discordant for the Windows Movie Maker.

Go for a repair of Windows Essentials (Re-installation)

  1. Hold Windows key and press R (release the Windows Key), type appwiz.cpl, and press Enter.
  2. Select Windows Essentials 2012, click Uninstall or Uninstall/Change.
  3. Click Remove one or more Windows Essentials programs.
  4. Tick Movie Maker.
  5. Click Uninstall.
  6. Go here, download Movie Maker and install it again.

Method 2: Uninstalling Citrix Receiver

Citrix Receiver is known to cause some issue with movie maker. Uninstalling Citrix Receiver might solve the problem if that is the problem.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R (release the Windows Key), type appwiz.cpl, and press Enter.
  2. Locate any program named Citrix Receiver. Click uninstall and follow the instructions if you find one.

Method 3: Resolving incompatibility issues

  1. Hold Windows key > Press X (release Windows Key) > Command Prompt (Admin). For windows 7, click Start > Right click cmd > Run as administrator
  2. Type CD \program files\movie maker, and then press ENTER.
  3. Type moviemk.exe /safemode, and then press Enter.
  4. When Movie Maker starts, select Tools, and then click Options.
  5. Click the Compatibility
  6. In the Filters section, click to clear the check boxes of any third-party video filters that are not required.

Method 4: Change the compatibility in the Properties

  1. Click Start (bottom left corner) and select File Explorer. For windows 7, click start and select Computer or My Computer.
  2. Type C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Photo Gallery in the address bar located on the top of the screen.
  3. Locate Movie Maker and right click on it then select Properties.
  4. Click the tab named Compatibility
  5. Check the Run this program in compatibility for under the Compatibility Mode section
  6. Select Windows 7 or Windows Vista from the drop down list
  7. Click Apply then OK.


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