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Copying Photos from a Camera to Your Computer (Windows 7)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers with a memory card reader, and a digital camera.
Camera memory cards have a limited amount of space, and can sometimes fill up quickly. In addition, photos cannot be viewed or shared as easily while they are still on the camera. Import your photos into Windows Photo Viewer from your camera to make more room on your camera memory card, and so you can view, organize and share them.

Step 1: Connecting the camera or the memory card to your computer

Before you can transfer photos from your camera to your computer, you must first connect the hardware containing the digital photographs to your computer using one of the following methods:
  1. Make sure the computer is turned on and Windows is open. For best results, save any work currently in progress and close any software programs that are open.
  2. Connect the camera and computer using the USB cable that came with your camera, and then turn on the camera.
    NOTE:If your camera came with an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable and your computer has an available 1394 port, you can use 1394 instead of USB.
    Figure 1: Cable connection from the camera to a computer
    Cable between camera and desktop computer
    Figure 2: Cable connection from the camera to a TouchSmart or AiO
    Cable between camera and an AIO or TouchSmart computer
  3. Wait while Windows recognizes the camera and configures it for use in Windows. If an AutoPlay Window opens, click Import photos.
Most cameras use a removable memory card to store digital photographs. If you have a memory card reader for your computer and it supports the same type of card used by your camera, then you can use a memory card reader to access your photographs on the computer.
  1. Remove the memory card from your camera. The memory card is often concealed by a slide-out panel on the camera.
    Figure 3: Camera memory card
    Memory card being removed from the camera
  2. Insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot in the card reader.
    NOTE: If your computer does not have a built-in card reader, you can use an external USB card reader that is compatible with the memory card from your camera.
    Figure 4: Memory card reader in a notebook computer
    Inserting the memory card in a notebook computer
    Figure 5: Memory card reader in a standard desktop computer
    Inserting a memory card in a desktop computer
    Figure 6: Memory card reader in TouchSmart or AiO
    Inserting a  memory card in a Touchsmart
    Figure 7: External USB card reader in a USB port
    Memory card in a USB card reader
  3. Wait while Windows recognizes the camera and configures it for use in Windows. If an AutoPlay Window opens, click Import photos.

Step 2: Transferring photos using the Import Pictures and Videos feature

  1. After your hardware has been connected, the Import Pictures and Videos screen opens.
  2. If you would like the filenames on each file to start with a name, other than simply a number, then type a name in the field provided. Otherwise, leave the field blank.
    Figure 8: Import Pictures and Videos
    Import Pictures and Videos showing field to rename the photos
  3. Click Import.
    Your photos are copied into the Pictures library.
    Figure 9: Photos in Pictures Library
    Libraries window with Pictures  folder highlighted

Step 3: Viewing your photos with Windows Photo Viewer

Windows Photo Viewer is the default photo viewer on Windows 7. You can use Windows Photo Viewer to view your digital photos in a variety of ways.
NOTE:In addition to viewing files you can explore the tabs in Windows Photo Viewer to print your photos, order prints, attach pictures to an email message, write the files on a disc, or open photos in another program on your computer.
  1. Click Start , click Pictures, click Libraries, and then click Pictures.
  2. Open the folder containing the picture you want to view.
  3. Use one of the following options to open the Windows Photo Viewer:
    • Double click on a picture.
    • On the toolbar, click the Preview button.
  4. Use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to change the size of the picture, rotate the picture, or start a slideshow.
    NOTE:Many more editing, storing, and sharing options are available from Windows Live Photo Gallery. To learn more about additional features, see Windows Live Photo Gallery .
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