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Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Windows Live Photo Gallery collects a simple set of tools for downloading, editing, and sharing photos. Its functional design and excellent capabilities make it one of the most user-friendly photo programs we've ever tested.

The program's interface was clearly designed by Microsoft and felt instantly comfortable, with the familiar feel of Windows. All the commands and functions were logically organized, and the program was pleasing to use, though the Help file's vague instructions for panoramic photos were a disappointment. Nevertheless, we uploaded some photos from our digital camera with a single button click and were quickly able to choose a shot to edit. Windows Live Photo Gallery offers basic editorial tools that seem likely to delight novices and frustrate photo experts. The program quickly cropped our selected image and minimally adjusted its color, but not much more. We were able to publish our photos online or even burn a CD within the program's interface, a surprising but pleasant addition. One disappointment was the Panoramic Photo feature. We were curious about creating panoramic photos, but apparently you can't select it as a function, and the Help file offers little in the way of useful advice. Beyond that misstep, Windows Live Photo Gallery is a smooth and likeable entry-level photo management system. This is a photo program anyone can use.

Windows Live Photo Gallery is a free utility from Microsoft. While it hit a snag with its panorama option, the overall program was smooth sailing, and we recommend it.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome sophistication!!"

    December 22, 2010  |   By Scott_I_am

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    It seeks out every nook and cranny on your system and categorizes all your photos in order by month and year without moving them from their original folder. Great, simple with user friendly tools even my wife can use it!! JJ!!! honey Love ya. ;)

    Cons

    All the bugs these people are mentioning I haven't ran into one and I have spent an hour or so browsing down memory lane.

    Summary

    If you love pictures and you have a ton in 50 different files or them all bunched together in one file YOU GOT TO GET THIS. It keeps them all in the files you have them but creates that gallery that I haven't stopped mentioning here in my comments.
    Bottom-line a awesome tool makes photos 100 times more fun and easy to sort through!!!!!! Good luck and Merry Christmas!!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Sorry, I haven't taken any pictures for a while"

    August 21, 2010  |   By HJE

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    See above. Because of this I haven't tried the program out yet.

    Cons

    See above.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "looks impressive"

    July 18, 2010  |   By Bios1

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    work good for appx. one week

    Cons

    after one week : an error is preventing the photo or video from being displayed

    Summary

    there is plenty of complain on internet...looks to me a lot of people have the same problem, and Microsoft can't fix it....live photo gallery beta have still the same problem

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I find this one very user-friendly!"

    March 24, 2010  |   By JennaCanada

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    Does a lot - allows you to group pictures, select certain ones to download or print easily - just lots of nice features.

    Cons

    I keep getting bugs in it and then it stops working as well and I have to uninstall and then re-install which is a pain sometimes.

    Summary

    I haven't tried a lot of others as this one works well but I might try something else to see if there is something that has less bugs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Totally Awesome! Does It All!"

    February 3, 2010  |   By xmasfrk

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    Its Free!! It beats even pay programs.It finds and downloads whatever you need to view pics/movies.It organizes all your photos,fixes them,resizes.Simple to use...even a caveman can use it.lol

    Cons

    hmmmmm....I can't think of one.

    Summary

    Awesome! It can run by itself its so easy..nothing out there better. This is one program no one should be without! Thumbs Up!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "fun and easy to use"

    October 27, 2009  |   By carltwent20

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    meats my needs at this time in my current situation

    Cons

    slow somewhat but needs better image control

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nothing has changed, really."

    September 24, 2009  |   By Opa-Loka

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    It's fairly all right when it came to presenting and editing pictures.

    Cons

    Just about everything else. (and it's fails miserably as a screen saver. it never works right.)

    Summary

    There are much better photo developers out there.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it very much"

    June 26, 2009  |   By jeanric

    Version: Windows Live Photo Gallery 14.0.8064.206

    Pros

    Great features easy to use

    Cons

    Really can't think of anything that I don't like

    Summary

    Have already said that I really think it is great

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