Actually,I think WMP 12 and WMP 11 look almost the same as one another and are very similar. And if I had my choice I would install WMP 9 ,which is what I have on my Windows XP Netbooks,which is nicer looking than WMP 11 or 12. But it won't let you do that on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
And I think,but I don't know, that we are able to install WMP 11 on Windows 7 because someone created the dill files from Windows Vista or Windows XP to do it. As I read on a website about running Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP on Windows 7. That they got it working on Windows 7 by exporting the dill files on to Windows 7 from Windows XP. So that is how they created an installation file for WMP 11 for Windows 7. But if you download WMP 11 from the Microsoft website,then it is different,as you will get an error message,and it will not let you install it.
With Windows Mail,Windows Calendar and Windows Vista Sidebar,they are all zip files not executable files,so they are easier to install. But the WMP file is a normal download not a zip file,but some one has created a file so that we can install WMP 11 on Windows 7. And I wish they would make one for WMP 9 so we could install that on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
And don't forget on Windows XP you have also got the 2 hidden Windows Media Players-WMP 6.4 and WMP 5.1. For WMP 6.4 type in mplayer2 and for WMP 5.1 type in mplay32 to find them. And both WMP 6.4 and WMP 5.1 run alongside the existing WMP 9 or WMP 10 or 11 if you have upgraded.
But on Windows Vista and Windows 7,they have taken out WMP 6.4 and WMP 5.1. So Windows Vista and Windows 7 users are stuck with WMP 11 or 12,with no option to downgrade.
I could upgrade to WMP 11 on my Windows XP. But why should I when I have already got WMP 11 or 12 on Windows 7? One advantages of having Windows XP is that you can have software that you cannot have on Windows Vista or Windows 7. Although you can have most things on Windows 7,except for WMP 9 and 10 and IE6 or IE7. And Outlook Express. And most people don't want Internet Explorer anyway.
But apart from those few things,everything else you can have on Windows 7. And as Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Windows Vista is exactly the same as 2.1 for Windows XP. You won't miss not being able to have Windows Movie maker 2.1 on Windows 7. As Windows Movie Maker 2.6 works on Windows 7 and is fully compatible.
There is also Windows Movie Maker 6 for Windows Vista which also works on Windows 7.And can run alongside Windows Movie Maker 2.6. But that is more like Windows Live Movie Maker and not very user friendly,like the original Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is. So if you have not installed Windows Movie Maker 6,don't bother.
But as I have said before,I have got 2 Windows XP Netbooksso I don't need to install Windows XP on virtual box. And if you want Windows XP,it is better to have the real thing,the Windows XP Operating system. Or if you are like me and cannot install operating systems,a Windows XP laptop. Not virtual box,which is not the same thing. Andrea Borman.