Install the original Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10

Although rather basic Windows Movie maker was an easy to under video editor tool, however, it is no longer supported in Windows 10. You can download it here. It may well report an error when installing the .NET but still seems to install Movie Maker OK.


“Alexa – Answer the phone”

Having embraced Amazon smart devices big time in our house, we thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could eliminate the DECT landline phones we have in each room and use our Echo devices. Turns out you can, with the Echo Connect. review to follow.

( Amazon UK product  link  )


Windows 10 1809 fail – a workaround

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The problem

You’ve just bought mini PC with a small solid state main drive (say 32GB) or you’re trying to run Windows update on an older version of Windows 10 but the later 1809 update fails.

The problem is often because there isn’t enough space on the drive, it needs at least 20GB free.

Phil’s fix Summary:

Step 1 – Relocate the folder where Windows installs updates to a USB stick or external drive that has 20GB free

Step 2 – Temporarily disable Windows update

Step 3  – Use the Window update assistant tool to do the patches for you


1) Move the Windows update folder on your PC – instructions

2) Optional but if you can Right click on the existing c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder, if it’s over 1GB you can safely delete the files. You may find you’ll need to again Temporarily disable Windows update to delete some of the larger files.

3) Download the Windows update assistant  – download link

About 1/3 of the way down page look for
How to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update with Update Assistant

As far as I know, past patches are bundled in the 1809 update.
When I get time I’ll update this with step by step instructions & screenshots.