[ad]Dear Computer Lady,
Windows Vista had a photo editing program that was great.
Windows 8 sends me to Paint and it doesn’t work well at all.
How can I find the old photo editing program on 8? Is it possible?
I was referred to a download on MS but it gives the option of installing all of Windows Essentials which includes Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, MS Skydrive, and Outlook Connector Pack OR I can do a custom install.
If I just install Photo Gallery will this work and allow me to edit my photos with cropping not just as a box but adjusting each side individually, adjust exposure, saturation, adjust red eye, etc?
If so, when downloading my photos how do I get them into Photo Gallery?
All versions of Windows come with the, Paint application, which allows you to do some very basic image adjustments, but it is not really made to work with photos.
The program that you used with Vista is probably the same Photo Gallery program that is part of the Windows Essentials, and you don’t have to install the entire package, just choose to do a custom install and check off only the applications that you want to install.
Once you install Photo Gallery, it will search your computer for your images and allow you to view and edit them. When you download new photos, they are not stored in Photo Gallery, or any other application. They should be stored in your “Photos” folder, then you can use any image application you wish to view and edit the photos.
Another application to consider would be, Picasa at: http://picasa.google.com/. This would also allow you to view and edit your photos.
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