[WLMP File Player] How to Play WLMP File on Windows 10?

Couldn’t find a way to play files with the .wlmp extension on Windows? That’s because the WLMP file is not a valid video file but a project file generated from Windows Movie Maker, a discontinued editing software released by Microsoft. So, this outdated freeware is the only working WLMP file player. Read this post to learn how to play WLMP file on Windows 10 with it and export video from the WLMP project file to make it compatible with other regular players for easy playback.

Rocabella Rocabella | May 18th, 2023

WLMP File Is Not a Real Video File

WLMP is the movie project file format used by Microsoft Windows Movie Maker (known as Windows Live Movie Maker for the 2009 and 2011 releases). A WLMP file doesn’t contain actual audio and video files but project-related details such as the location or duration of the file, the applied transitions and effects, etc. Therefore, the WLMP file is unable to open with a regular player or video editing software. To play WLMP file on Windows 10, Windows Movie Maker is the only solution.

If you want to view the WLMP file on a PC or phone, you need to convert WLMP to a format that can be supported by regular players like VLC media player or PotPlayer.

Next, we’ll detail how to use the only WLMP file player & converter—Windows Movie Maker—to play and convert WLMP file on Windows 10.

Windows Movie Maker: The Only WLMP File Player

Microsoft officially released Windows Movie Maker as a standalone product through the Windows Essentials software suite in 2009 but stopped its support on January 10, 2017.

So, Microsoft store is no longer offering the Windows Essentials 2012 suite for download, but if you already have it installed, it will continue to work as it does today.

You can also get the Essential suite (with Windows Movie Maker included) from other sites. But note that the site offering the installer is not affiliated to the Microsoft official which may cause you to get products containing viruses or hidden costs.

Fortunately, someone from the Microsoft Forum shares the free download link of Windows Essentials 2012. I tried and it did work. Here are the links for the WLMP player free download:
1. Universal English:
2. British English:

Simply paste the link to the browser address bar and it will start downloading the .exe file immediately. For a detailed installation process, you can refer to this post: How to Download Windows Movie Maker for Windows 10

Now, to play WLMP file on Windows 10, launch Windows Movie Maker, and from the top-left nav bar, hit File and choose Open project. Then select the target WLMP file and click Open to import it into the WLMP file player.

WLMP File Player on Windows

Export WLMP File as a Video File for Better Playback

You can continue to edit the project file using the only .wlmp player or convert the project file format to a standard video format like WMV or MP4. Here are the steps:

Step 1. After importing the WLMP file into Windows Movie Maker, go to File > Save movie at the top menu bar.

Step 2. Then based on your actual needs, you can choose to export the video to devices like Android, iPhone, Windows PC, etc., email, websites, and more. Otherwise, you just choose the recommended settings.

Step 3. At last, hit the Save as type to output a WMV video or MP4 video. Create a new name for the file and press Save to export the video from the imported WLMP project files.

Play WLMP File on Windows 10

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In Conclusion

As you can tell, Windows Movie Maker is the only WLMP file player and converter. If you need to play WLMP file on Windows 10, reinstalling the old application is the only solution.

Thanks for reading till the end. Have a nice day!

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