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Import pictures - can't select folder

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8

    Import pictures - can't select folder


    Hello
    I'm trying to import pictures from external device (in this case - android phone with PTP) and in the import dialog I've selected "import settings" and then I'm trying to change "Import images to" location, but when I click on Browse and select the same path I was using on windows 7 (on E: partition) I get error "You cannot import to this folder. Choose another location" which, frankly, doesn't make much sense. I've tried permissions and so forth and I can easily browse and save picture there, I'm the owner and all that. Why Pictures Importer complains and doesn't allow me to use this location? I don't want to import to %profile%/Pictures because it's small-ish system drive :|

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  2. #2


    Try creating the partition/drive you want as a Library - Nope - that didn't work, either.
    Last edited by Dirty Butter; 02 Jul 2013 at 18:11.
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  3. #3


    Searched and found this - not ideal, but it worked for me.

    You can get the "old" functionality back by creating a shortcut:

    1. right-click desktop, "new shortcut"
    2. paste the following in as the location:
      %SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\photoAcq.dll",PhotoAndVideoAcquire
    3. hit next and type a name - e.g. photo import wizard
    4. hit finish

    now you should have a shortcut and when you double-click it, you should see a list of connected devices that you can import photos from
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    but the problem is not that I don't see import device from which I want to grab photos - it's the destination that's not working..
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  5. #5


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    How are you importing, what program are you using?

    What drive letter is your phone?

    what drive letter is your target?

    Is your target another external device?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    For cryin' out loud - read original post - all is there (answeres to your questions) =,=
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  7. #7


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Sorry, I was not familiar with PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) had to look it up.
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  8. #8


    If you create the Import Photo Import Wizard per the directions I shared it has an Options link that lets you set the destination folder, but only when your device is attached and has at least one photo available to import.
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Import pictures - can't select folder
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