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# 132246 14-Oct-2013 20:31
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Hi Folks,
In win 7, when I connected my DigiCam or GoPro device, it comes up and prompts me what I want to do - usually I just select import, save to appropriate location (which I get to choose) and then delete files on device after import.

In windows 8, it comes up with the horrid photos app by default. I had managed at once stage to configure it so that it replicated the Win 7 features, but now with the Win 8.1 preview I can no longer do this.  Instead I have to close down the photo app and then switch over to the 'photo gallery' desktop app and choose import (and then figure out what my device is called).

Does anyone have an idea on how to 1) disable the photo app  and 2) configure windows so it always comes up with the old way of prompting me and importing the photos?

b.t.w before anyone suggests that the photo app works just fine, it does not allow me to choose a location, nor does it delete the files on the device after doing the import - the result is that it imports the same files every time I plug the device in.

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  # 915042 14-Oct-2013 20:52
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i installed the windows live photo gallery, and either use the "import" button from within there, or configure the "autoplay" action to "import pictures and videos using windows live photo gallery".

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  # 915047 14-Oct-2013 21:10
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What settings do you have in Autoplay?

I've used 'ask me every time' as PhotoGallery only has view files for the Digicam and for the gopro, doesn't even come up.

Edit:  Using PhotoGallery to import video from the GoPro just sits there saying importing and after about 10 mins fails complaining there is no disk space (but there is plenty).  Now I am sure I had this working at some stage.

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  # 915071 14-Oct-2013 22:21
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actually, i get nothing for the autoplay now - maybe it was win 8.0 i got it working in. will have to hunt around and see if i can find registry settings that might make it work.

when i downloaded photos on the weekend i must have manually kicked it off from the photo gallery app.

havent tried on a gopro - just digicam, sd cards, and usb sticks, so not sure about that.

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  # 915225 15-Oct-2013 09:16
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The way I have fixed it.



Open windows explorer - Open a folder with any images - Right Click on the Image - Select "Open With" - Click "Choose Default Program... then select "photo gallery" making sure the "Use this app for all files"



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  # 915421 15-Oct-2013 13:42
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I found that only works if there are only image files on the device. Since both my DigiCam and GoPro also contain videos, I don't get that option if it does not find any images.

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