Friday, May 28, 2010

Can't add files to Live MovieMaker from networked computer

If you use Live MovieMaker in Windows 7 and want to add a network file by clicking on "click to browse" to add a video file, you can browse to other computers on your network and open the folder, but when you choose the file, you get a message that says "Files can't be added directly from a network folder." It tells you to copy the files to your computer and try again - but maybe you don't want to fill up your local hard drive by doing that.

There is a registry edit that will fix this annoying problem. This works in both Windows 7 and Vista. As always when editing the registry, be careful and back it up first. Here's what you do:

1. Open your registry editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows Live \ Movie Maker
2. Right click an empty space in the right pane and select New | DWORD (32 bit) value
3. Name the new value AllowNetworkFiles
4. Double click it and in the Value Data box, type 1
5. Click OK.
6. Close the registry editor.

Now you should be able to browse to a network location and open those files directly in MovieMaker. Note that this change applies only to the logged on user, so if you use a different account, you'll get that same error message again unless you repeat this process