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    • #326715 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      I have an antique version of PhotoGallery which does work in Win 10. It is brilliant for organising photos! Does any one know of an alternative for keywording/tagging images that is compatible with the hierarchical keyword structures PhotoGallery use. Win 10’s Photo app is quite dumb!



    • #327138 Reply

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      I’ve assumed you meant NOT in your first sentence?


      Photo Gallery should work with Compatibility Mode set to Windows 8:


      Update 3:
      I finally got Photo Gallery from Windows Essentials 12 to work on Windows 10!

      A number of questions here on the English (Indian?) site led to nowhere. The Microsoft personnel just asked me to reinstall again and again.

      But asking the same question on the Swedish version of these pages, the support immediately led me to a solution:

      The program was (by default?) set to Compatibility mode: “Windows XP (Service Pack 3)”. On the Compatibility tab of the shortcut properties for Photo Gallery, I let Windows look for a better Compatibility mode, and Windows then changed the compatibility setting to “Windows 8”. And what do you know… then it worked!

      Here is a link to the Swedish page. Even if you don’t know Swedish you will probably be able to “read” the pictures.
      Just change compatibility to Windows 8 – perhaps compatibility mode isn’t even needed, but obviously the Windows XP setting made it halt and fail to load.

      (Another caveat can be that SQL Server 2005 CE was not installed when you installed Photo Gallery, but then you get another error. I had to download SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition manually and accept to install it despite warnings about it not being supported. But once it was installed I’ve seen no problems with it.)

      Photo Gallery and Windows 10


      Windows Essentials 2012 Photo Gallery Information


      As of January 10, 2017, Windows Essentials 2012 is no longer supported on Windows 10, and is unavailable for download.
      Windows Essentials 2012 included Windows Movie Maker, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Family Safety and the OneDrive desktop app for Windows. Although it is no longer available for download, already installed applications will continue to work as they do today.

      Windows Essentials


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      I’ve seen mentions that digiKam would support straight import from Windows Photo Gallery with tags and ratings intact, using either embedded EXIF metadata or “sidecar” XMP files.

      However, I haven’t tested that on Windows at all, and couldn’t verify compatibility anyway as I don’t have a suitable testing data set of images with WPG tags… or WPG installed anywhere either.

      So… just a possible lead towards an alternate solution.

    • #947513 Reply

      AskWoody Plus


      Sorry, I missed getting these replies when you posted them …

      b: No, “not” was not missing! I’d kept various versions of PhotoGallery and when I updated to Win 8, and then Win 10, version 2012 worked, and still does. I was simply hoping there was a modern replacement with the tagging functionality. PhotGallery’s editing is very basic, and it’s viewer downgrades the images, but tagging was/is brilliant.

      mn: I’ll look into digiKam in some detail as it also claims to have editing facilities.

      So, thanks, though belatedly!


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