Windows Tip Sheet
Lights, Camera ... No Action
Like IE, Microsoft's Movie Maker app is integrated into Windows. Here's how to disable it.
This tip is part 3 in a series of 5 on living with Windows XP Service Pack
One of my customers is in the habit of removing unnecessary software from his/her
company’s computers. Much to our surprise, months after installing WinXP
SP2, Movie Maker 2.1 was installed on every computer. Oops—not exactly
an approved corporate application.
Unfortunately, you can’t exactly fire up Add/Remove Windows Components
and get rid of Movie Maker. Like Internet Explorer, it seems to be an integrated
part of the operating system or something. Even so, I was shocked to discover
that Movie Maker comes with a set of Group Policy settings for controlling it!
Have these always been in there? Regardless, they’re sure useful.
You can apparently control the automatic download of new codecs, the display
of links to Web sites, and the ability to save movies to an online video hosting
service—all of this in case, I suppose, your corporation’s users
are busy making home movies and you just want to lock down their capabilities
a bit. Even better, though, is the setting that totally disables the application:
Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows
Movie Maker. There’s a setting named “Do not allow Windows
Movie Maker to run” and we quickly turned it on for all computers in the
domain. Poof! No more lunchtime movie editing in that company.
While I’ve always found it a bit annoying that a “Professional,”
corporate-grade operating system has such a non-corporate tool built in, I do
appreciate Microsoft giving us administrative templates so that the thing can
be centrally controlled.
word on the subject.
Don Jones is a multiple-year recipient of Microsoft’s MVP Award, and is an Author/Evangelist for video training company Pluralsight. Don is also a co-founder and President of PowerShell.org, a community dedicated to Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell technology. Don has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, and specializes in the Microsoft business technology platform. He’s the author of more than 50 technology books, an accomplished IT journalist, and a sought-after speaker and instructor at conferences worldwide. Reach Don on Twitter at @concentratedDon, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ConcentratedDon.