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don't want to lose my photo tags

by botanicaatlanta / January 30, 2013 7:15 AM PST

I just bought a new 1TB hard drive for my laptop and would like to install Windows 8 on it. On the existing 250 MB hard drive, I now have thousands of photos organized by tags in Windows Photo Gallery which came with the Vista operating system. I know I won't lose any photos when I make the change because I have everything backed up. But the photo files are contained in about a hundred separate folders and my fear is that I will have to spend an enormous amount of time organizing them again for the new system.

Should I not be concerned about this? Will Windows 8 quickly organize them again by tags? Or is there something I should do before I make the hard drive/operating system change to ensure a smoother transition?


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Only MSFT seems to know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 8:46 AM PST
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tried it and it worked -- sort of
by botanicaatlanta / January 30, 2013 11:50 AM PST

I downloaded the new Windows Live Photo Gallery to my existing hard drive to try it out before installing the new hard drive. WLPG did recognize the existing photo tags and allows for sorting by them. However, unless I've overlooked something, it seems that WLPG will not display the tag categories in the sidebar directory, as the older version did. It only displays the resident folders for the photos and you have to open a separate tags window to see them organized by the tags. That's a step backwards in my opinion but I'm not surprised. And at least it did not wipe out or ignore the tags.

I'm thinking about keeping Windows Vista as the operating system for the new hard drive instead of buying Windows 8. Any opinions about whether that is a good idea or not?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 12:28 PM PST

For the office the only reason we have a few Vista machines is for demos that show our apps working on such. Clients often won't take a company's word on that. But the majority of the staff is on 7 and if your machine could run 8 (you have to check for drivers) then I think it's a good move up. If the missing start button bothers you, look for Classic8 and such.

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