YOURS FREE! 10 crucial steps most people miss when organizing their digital photos

Most people want to just organize their digital pictures and ignore these crucial steps right at the beginning...when they are shooting and transferring their digital pictures. Then they wonder why they can't organize their digital photos! Avoid most people's mistakes and start on the right track!

5 easy steps to transfer your pictures using Windows XP Photo Wizard

connectionThis article outlines the steps to transfer pictures from your camera to your computer using the Windows XP Scanner and Camera wizard. It doesn’t cover the steps to transfer pictures using any other software. The Windows XP Scanner and Camera Wizard is the default Windows XP picture transfer capability and it provides an easy interface for transferring pictures. I think that there are better solutions for transferring your pictures but The XP Scanner and Camera Wizard will do the job as well.

STEP 1: Connect your camera or memory card to your computer.

This is a simple step. You can usually connect your camera directly to your computer or just take out your memory card and stick it into a card reader that is connected to your computer. The usual connection is via USB.

Usb Connection

Once you connect your camera/memory card to your computer the Windows XP Camera Wizard window should come up. If it doesn’t then you can bring it up separately by clicking on: Start --> Accessories --> Scanner and Camera Wizard.
Windows XP Photo Wizard

STEP 2: Choose pictures.

This next step allows you to choose which pictures you want to transfer. Also, the wizard allows you to rotate the pictures and also view picture details like the date when the picture was taken. This way you can determine how you will name your destination folder. Most of the times however, you would just move all the pictures into one folder on your computer without doing anything else…but if you want more information, the wizard gives your this ability.
Choose Pictures

STEP 3: Choose destination. Now you have two fields you have to fill in.

  • The first one is entitled: Type a name for this group of pictures. The value that you enter here will be the final file name of each picture on your computer. For example: I know that the pictures I’m transferring were taken on June 21, 2007 and they were taken at Constitution Park. So, I’ll fill out 07-06-21-constitution-park and then each file will be name like this plus a counter, 01,02, etc. This way I can also identify each picture by its name. Remember: this is NOT the name of the destination folder.
  • The second one is entitled: Choose a place to save this group of pictures. This is the place to specify your destination folder for these pictures. So you can click the browse button (the yellow folder) and choose the destination folder on your hard disk. So I’ll choose to create a new folder in my daughter’s picture folder.

Choose Destination in Windows XP Photo Wizard

STEP 4: Wait for the transfer to end. Just wait.


STEP 5: Check your destination folder.

Most of the times you won’t be transferring your pictures every day but you will most likely have pictures from multiple events on one memory card. So, you’ll have to sort through the destination folder and move pictures to new folders for these other event pictures.

Help from Windows XP Help

This is what Microsoft says about this wizard on the Help pages from Windows XP…it might come in handy.

To get pictures from a scanner or digital camera Plug your camera or scanner into your computer. If your camera is Plug and Play, the Scanner and Camera Wizard starts.


If your camera is not Plug and Play or you are using a scanner, right-click the camera or scanner from which you want to get pictures, and then click the appropriate option for that device.

To open Scanners and Cameras, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Scanners and Cameras.
To work directly from your camera, click advanced users only on the first page of the Scanner and Camera Wizard.
To obtain pictures, the scanner or camera must first be installed, turned on, and connected to your computer.
To preview an image after you download it, double-click it to open it in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

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