WLMP file contains a video project saved in XML-based text format created with free software tool Windows Movie Maker, till 2012 known as Windows Live Movie Maker. The project file doesn’t contain any actual video data but only references to such data and as such it doesn’t change the source files. A project can consist of:
Movie projects created using Windows Movie Maker cannot be opened with other software tools as the files contains no multimedia resources. Finished project should be exported and saved in a proper video format in order to play it, share it, or burn to a disc. Windows Movie Maker was developed in 2000 as a part of Windows Millenium package. Since 2009 it has been distributed as a part of Microsoft Essentials, a package that contains basic Windows tools and programs. Since 2018, Windows Movie Maker is no longer offered by Microsoft. Creating and editing movies is now possible using Windows 10 system application Photos, or more precisely, a tool called Story Remix included in Photos.
Programs that can handle WLMP files are as follows. WLMP files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing WLMP may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows Live Movie Maker Project Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports WLMP files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Windows Live Movie Maker and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Windows Live Movie Maker website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening WLMP files still occur even after installing Windows Live Movie Maker, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Windows Live Movie Maker is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Windows Live Movie Maker installed, it may not support WLMP format. The latest version of Windows Live Movie Maker should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate WLMP files with latest version of Windows Live Movie Maker you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the WLMP file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the WLMP file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the WLMP file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic WLMP file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with WLMP extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Windows Live Movie Maker Project Format file.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with WLMP extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Windows Live Movie Maker Project Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle WLMP files.
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