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Where is Windows Photo Gallery?
If you’ve upgraded to Windows 7 from a previous version of the Microsoft operating system, you may be wondering where Windows Photo Gallery is hiding. Don’t spend too much time searching, because it just isn’t there.
With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft has decided not to bundle the operating system with as many applications as it has in the past. In addition to Windows Photo Gallery, other utilities such as Windows Movie Maker and Windows Mail are also no longer part of the standard installation process.
That doesn't mean that Windows Photo Gallery is gone completely, though. You can still download the software from Windows Live.
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Downloading and Installing Photo Gallery
To get Windows Photo Gallery up and running in Windows 7, you first have to download the application from the Windows Live Essentials download center. After clicking the Download button, you'll be presented with a window asking which Windows Live applications you want to install. By default, all of the applications will be checked, but you can uncheck any of the boxes and only install those utilities that you want on your PC. (Click any image in this article for a larger view.)
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You don't need a Windows Live account to download, install, or use Photo Gallery, but if you do have one, additional sharing and online storage options will become available. At the end of the installation process, you'll be able to create a Windows Live ID if you don't have one already. This extra is also free, so it's a nice thing to take advantage of – especially with the free 25 GB of online storage available through SkyDrive.
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Then, just navigate to the folder you want to add and select it. If you add a lot of photo directories, it could take a bit for Photo Gallery to catalog them, and, in general, it might make Photo Gallery run slower. That's nothing new to Windows 7 though.
If you're not happy with the default photo viewer or the Windows Live Photo Gallery, you may want to check out some of these other photo viewers and management systems compatible with Windows 7. These applications offer a lot of additional functionality, and many of them are free.