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Need windows 8.1 to STOP auto-rotating my photos

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    Posts : 8
    8.1

    Need windows 8.1 to STOP auto-rotating my photos


    Windows 8.1 consistently (incorrectly) rotates my photos when I upload them from my camera to the computer.
    This was not a problem with Windows 7. I need a fix or a workaround.

    I purchased a Windows 8.1 laptop when my Windows 7 desktop was struck by lightning, in order to continue doing my work until my next desktop comes in from the factory.

    This function, makes my work impossible to complete.

    I want Windows to DO NOTHING to my photos automatically. Is there a program, registry edit, or workaround that solves this?

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    What program are you seeing them rotated in?
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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hi xt6x, welcome to Windows EightForums!

    It may depend on the device you use, the angle of the shot and/or the resolution it gets saved in. In my experience, it seems Windows imports photos in landscape orientation regardless of the source.
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    its got to be software[maybe the metro app Photos ] ,win8.1 doesn't rotate my photos when I import from my camera into the picture folder ,when I view them with photo viewer that are still not rotated in anyway until I do it myself
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    Posts : 8
    8.1


    I don't use any software. I just dumped them into a folder on the desktop, and some of the photos automatically rotated (both in thumbnail and gallery view). I use the same camera and memory stick I was using with Windows 7 ... and never had this problem when dumping them onto my old PC.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    ok,weird, what is gallery view
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    8.1


    I guess it is called the Pictures Library App now.
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    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    The problem is even more irritating than you describe. If you ever upload a photo from windows 8 to e-bay for example you can't tell if it will be rotated again through 90.

    The issue is the EXIF data. This is usually set by your camera (you've not said what you are using though) so it will respect portrait mode. Instructions to turn it off are here:

    Windows Photo Gallery: frequently asked questions in the "What does it mean to rotate pictures on import?". You might want to try unchecking the "rotate pictures on import".

    Edit: Also check the check box on Import Settings (see picture below also) - this is in the "More Options" bit of the "Import Pictures and Videos" dialogue box that you get when you plug in your Camera.

    The 8.1 default is to have "Rotate pictures on import" set on (checked).
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    8.1


    Thanks for the link ... and you are right. I am using this laptop to limp along on for my business, which happens to be selling on eBay ... and it has been driving me nuts.

    I was not even using Windows Photo Gallery at the time, I was just viewing the photos in the preview mode, thumbnails of them, etc in the folder.

    I just tried to import photos into Windows photo gallery (from my other file folder, not straight off the camera, as I have already cut and pasted all of them and don't have them on the memory stick anymore) and whichever way I have the box checked, it leaves the picture auto rotated.

    Do I need to use the photo gallery program to import photos straight from my Memory stick instead of cutting and pasting them onto the desktop? If so, I guess I want the auto-rotate checkbox, unchecked?

    Thank you for the help.
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    8.1


    Also, if it matters, my camera is a Canon Powershot SX130 IS.
    I had the same rotation issue with Photobucket when they "upgraded" their site a year and half ago or so ... but they have since resolved it. All photos I uploaded (even though they were correct on my PC) would randomly rotate on photobucket they way Windows is randomly rotating them now.
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