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How to Start Photo Gallery Import Automatically?

  1. #1


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    How to Start Photo Gallery Import Automatically?


    I'm trying to set up a simple method of photo import for my father using the Photo Gallery import feature.

    Normally you would select Photo Gallery as the import option under Autoplay Options under Control Panel. However, there is no option to select Photo Gallery photo import.

    Is there a fix to enable Photo Gallery file import to start automatically when the camera is connected?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hi Steve, if you've connected a device and the drivers were installed properly, you should see the device(s) listed at the bottom of 'AutoPlay' then you can choose options from there.

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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Photo Gallery doesn't appear as an AutoPlay option for the connected Canon camera - that's the problem. I do see options for Photos, ACDSee and Picasa but not Photo Gallery which has a simple interface for importing photos.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Set Windows Live Photo Viewer as default.
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks.

    I want to use Photo Gallery - not Photo Viewer. Photo Viewer is very inflexible in the section of folders photos are transferred to.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Hope this helps.---

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    I tried to auto import.
    I failed.
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  7. #7


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks.

    I'm trying to set up a simple means for automatically importing photos for my father who's 88. Surprisingly, this does not seem to be possible with Photo Gallery unless someone knows of a registry fix or similar cure.

    My requirements are:

    1. Plug in camera or connect via WiFi
    2. Import wizard starts automatically and invites you which folder to copy the photos and movies to
    3. An image viewing program opens to view the imported photos.

    This seemingly common and simple process seems incredibly difficult to implement in Windows 8!
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  8. #8


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    Thanks.

    I'm trying to set up a simple means for automatically importing photos for my father who's 88. Surprisingly, this does not seem to be possible with Photo Gallery unless someone knows of a registry fix or similar cure.

    My requirements are:

    1. Plug in camera or connect via WiFi
    2. Import wizard starts automatically and invites you which folder to copy the photos and movies to
    3. An image viewing program opens to view the imported photos.

    This seemingly common and simple process seems incredibly difficult to implement in Windows 8!
    Microsoft made it like it is.

    Go to Redmond Washington & slap somebody silly.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Enlightenment:
    Seems auto import in Windows 8.1 utilizes the Windows Photos App, (part of the suspiciously tethered 'FileManager' system), but you still have to confirm the import then saves to your predetermined folder and viewable with your default viewer.
    Last edited by Edwin; 13 Jul 2014 at 06:24.
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  10. #10


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I discovered Picasa 3 has the type of import wizard I need. I set the AutoPlay option for the camera to "Copy pictures to your computer (Picasa 3)" but that does noting when the camera is turned. I tried reinstalling Picasa but no luck. So neither Photo Gallery nor Picasa will start automatically to import when a camera is connected! Photo Gallery does not even appear as an AutoPlay option. Picasa does appear as an AutoPlay option but fails to start.

    Has anyone managed to configure Picasa to import photos automatically when a camera is connected?
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