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Movie Maker - Download Windows Essential 2012 (formerly Windows Live Essentials 2012)

Windows Movie Maker still works on Windows 10. However, you can't just install Movie Maker, you have to install Windows Essentials 2012, as it's a part of that suite. You used to be able to download it here:

According to that post though, the download links were removed because, "Update (3/21/2017): URLs removed as WLE lifecycle is over."

If you don't trust download sites, since they are usually trying to blast you with ads, get you to click on the wrong link, or attach a download manager (or whatever), you can find it with some basic google searching here (just to name a few):



If those links don't work, the google search I executed was:

wlsetup-all.exe "parent directory" "index of"

"Parent directory" and "index of" are words you'll find in a browse-able web directory. You can usually exclude one or the other quoted search phrases too. You can do this to find just about anything.

UPDATE: I just found out tonight that these come in different languages. Doh! Be aware. The above are not English. Here's an actual English version:


Permanently Unblock "This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer."

Ever run into the message "This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer?" It's been around forever and showed up around the XP days (if I remember correctly). Many users are not even aware there is a way to unblock it. My CTO repeatedly called me to remind him what to do. It's super annoying on compressed files (e.g. zip, rar, etc) and should be easier to permanently unblock than it is. The unblock should be in the message itself as a prompt.

Unblock Individual Files

To individually unblock it:

  1. Right click the file
  2. Go to Properties
  3. At the bottom of the first General tab, you will see the following option:
  4. Check the Unblock option and Click Ok (or Apply).

Windows Pro (Permanent Unblock)

If you have a Pro version of Windows it's easy to do permanently:

  1. Hit the Windows Key+R and type gpedit.msc
  2. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Attachment Manager
  3. Enable: Do not preserve zone information in file attachments

Windows Home (Permanent Unblock)

If you're running a Home version of Windows it's not so easy. You have to go into the registry. However, I have exported my registry key and attached it. Just download and double click the reg file and the settings will be in place. You might need to reboot in order for you to see the changes on files previously downloaded. However, on new files downloaded, it should just automatically work.

ChangeSaveZoneInformation.reg (330.00 bytes)


Please comment if you have any issues.


Aux Wi-Fi Crashing when Plugging in wired U-Verse TV Receiver

AT&T U-Verse is a pretty decent service overall. However, their wireless access point (WAP) that connects to the main router is B/G and limited to 54mbps (in theory), but reality is only showing ~3mbps, even when sitting six feet away with no obstacles.

I have an older Linksys WRT400N router running DD-WRT that's simply connected as a hard-wired switch/WAP (b/g/n) and much faster and more stable than the WAP they provide us. I simply ran a CAT6 cable from the back of the main U-Verse box/router/gateway to one of the ports on the Linksys and turned off DHCP on the Linksys. That's it. When this is working typically, wifi speeds max out the 15mbps that we are subscribed at no matter where you are in the house.     

I try to hard-wire everything if possible. However, whenever I would try to hard-wire their TV receiver, it would always crash the wifi on the Linksys. The TV receiver uses the IPTV protocol and is basically doing multi-casting, which is the root of the entire problem. So, long story short I set up the firewall on my Linksys (DD-WRT) to drop all the multicasting traffic on the atheros (wireless) interfaces.

If you login to DD-WRT, and go to Administration > Commands and put the following in the box:

insmod ebtables
insmod ebtable_filter
insmod ebt_pkttype
insmod ebt_ip
ebtables -A FORWARD -o ath0 -p ipv4 --pkttype-type multicast --ip-source ! -j DROP
ebtables -A FORWARD -o ath1 -p ipv4 --pkttype-type multicast --ip-source ! -j DROP

Click Save Startup, reboot the Linksys, and you're done.

Other examples on the internet, show similar solutions using eth1 or eth0 in the last two lines as well as other options like "-A OUTPUT", and it doesn't hurt to include them, but, the only thing that was definitively required for my setup to work like initially, is what's above. I think the --ip-source and -p switches may not be required as well, but again, it doesn't hurt much. 

Life is good again, even though I don't have many wi-fi devices hooked up at any given moment. Hopefully this saves someone a lot of the frustration I dealt with for days in solving this.