A few months back in Aug , we had seen the release of a new version of Windows Movie Maker and Photo Gallery 2012 for Windows 7 and Windows 8. We had also seen what’s new in Windows Movie Maker and Photo Gallery 2012 – as these had received a major overhaul, while the others in the Windows Essentials 2012 Suite like Messenger, Mail client and Writer did not get any. Now again Windows Essentials 2012 has received a minor update. The latest version now is Version 2012, Build 16.4.3505.0912, while the SkyDrive desktop client gets the version 16.4.6013.0910 .
As of now we only know the updates related to Movie Maker in this October update as it has been posted in Microsoft Community by Microsoft.
In the October update of Movie Maker, the following changes have been made:
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics hardware on Windows 7 has been added
Note: This requires the following Windows Update mentioned in KB2741355:
- We improved stability for media codecs
- We resolves several minor issues with Movie Maker
For the other applications in the suite, it some performance improvements have been introduced like a QFE update necessary for upcoming updates for Windows 8 built-in Store Apps. The change logs for these have not been posted yet for this minor October update.
After installing this new version on Windows 7 , what I have experienced is , my Windows Live Mail and Writer icons pinned to Taskbar lost their icon Pics and they were now displaying only blank icons. I had to repin them to the taskbar.
Those who were facing errors in Movie Maker earlier after updating to version 2012 from version 2011, should install this new version as it has lowered the hardware requirements back to DirectX 9.
For downloading this new version of Windows Essentials 2012, (US-Eng version) use these links:
You can check the version of these installers from their Properties > Details. I have preferred to download the offline ver and have updated using the same.
If you haven’t updated to the earlier August version, and if you are a Mesh user, you may want to check the post Windows Photo Gallery 2012 and Movie Maker 2012 released.