This article is actually based on my experience last week dealing with the horrors of just flaky software from Microsoft. I spent countless hours researching, testing, rebooting, changing security settings and then ultimately reinstalling my operating system. It was very depressing too. I had just purchased a brand-new computer, reinstalled Windows 7 professional, clean operating system installation with virtually nothing installed except for a few software packages.
Luckily, I keep the bulk of the applications that I use on my file server. I try to run applications off of my file server directly so that I never have to worry about installing the same software on their computers; it saves time and it works for me.
What happened was that I was in the Windows Movie Maker support for and I noticed that another individual indicated that there was a new version of Windows Movie Maker. Considering that Microsoft doesn’t release anything in the realm of decent release notes when they update their software, it’s left up to people to do a scavenger hunt through the new software to see if there’s anything that’s new or different. So I proceeded over to the Windows Essentials website to download the new version.
I downloaded the new version and went to install it, the upgrade, and that’s when everything went crazy. I went from having Windows Live Writer and Windows Movie Maker installed on my system to not having those applications installed and they would not reinstall.