A long time back i posted Mediaencoder doesn’t work with Windows Vista for doing screen captures.  On Windows 7 mediaencoder at least is a little more graceful – in that it disables the Video device. (see image below)

 

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When we built Microsoft Test and Lab Manager we built the video collector around Mediaencoder.  So it was with great relief we found there is a patch!

FIX: You may experience issues when you use Windows Media Encoder 9 Series on a computer that is running Windows Vista.

So what does this all mean?  If you want to capture video as part of your Test Cases on Vista or Windows 7 you need to install BOTH Mediaencoder and the Patch.