Windows 7 Missing in Action Applications

I had installed and tested the first official retail release of Windows 7 and found there were plenty of things to like about the new OS. One of my personal favorites was the UAC (user account control is that pesky pop up box asking you to OK any small change in anything in Vista) now had adjustments that allowed you to shut it up for any but drastic changes. Very big improvement and much appreciated.
Boot and shutdown times were greatly reduced in Windows 7 compared to Vista. Copying files, opening big files of any kind, and deleting big files all were much faster in Windows 7 too. All great improvements and speed up everyday tasks considerably. Finally a Windows release that actually improved on speed and performance. I’m definitely living the good life now.
After my initial bliss at the new speed and performance of Windows 7, some clouds appeared on the horizon. The first involved one of my favorite little applications for video editing called Movie Maker was no where to be found. What? That application has been in every windows release since ME. So I do a quick search and find out it’s now grouped under a group of applications called Windows Live.
Windows Live anything has never been my favorite since it’s huge, buggy, and tries to take over too much real estate. But OK, I’ll bite so I downloaded and installed the newest Movie Maker version. Bummer, they dummied it down and took out a lot of original features. I couldn’t bring up videos from the prior version and edit any features that no longer were there to use.
Long story short I found out you could still download and use the last Vista version, which is Movie Maker 2.6. It’s still missing some of the features in Movie Maker 6.0, which was released with Vista, but has all the features in the XP version most are users are familiar with and works well in Windows 7. And if you need to import you can use the new import function in Windows Live to overcome importing issues. Movie Maker 6 is a standalone version and does not need Windows Live. That alone makes it a better choice in my opinion.
Now any serious amateur movie user will probably use a third party movie-editing software but for quite and easy editing Movie Maker was a great tool. I can’t believe they didn’t include it and then took away many of the most popular features. But it gets better (that’s sarcasm folks). They also had a great little application called Photo Story 3 that allowed you make slide shows with your pictures and add music, voiceovers, and special effects. Small, fast, and easy to use. Oh, and it won’t run in Windows 7. In talking to other users of the beta versions, it ran in all and then in the retail release but it won’t run for most users. Why? Ask Microsoft.
A good replacement might be PhotoStage by NCH software. It has a lot of similar features and is free for personal use. Just do a search for NCH software and you’ll find their website. It’s compatible with Windows 7 and has good reviews. Some software that is included with most popular digital cameras also has slideshow software that may be a good choice too.
Not sure yet what else might be missing from Windows 7, but I’m sure as time goes on there will be other applications that no longer are supported or run on Windows 7. I figured that anything that ran on Vista should run on Windows 7 but as I just found out that may not be true. The good news is there are alternatives and when you find something missing in action, just do a little research and you should be able to find a good substitute.

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