This page provides download links for a number of useful software tools.

Last update: February 2014

Windows Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery - Download 2014

This is the current Microsoft download page. It will install the version of Photo Gallery that is appropriate for your Windows system. For Windows 8 and windows 7 it installs Photo Gallery 2012


The link below no longer goes to the old download page but redirects to the current page.
On an XP machine Microsoft will try to get you to move to a newer version of Windows.

download Live Photo Gallery for XP

Nikon NEF Codec

For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7.

download Nikon NEF Codec

Microsoft Camera Codec

Two versions are available on download page –  for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

This codec does not support adding properties like copyright.

download Microsoft Camera Codec


Windows Live Photo Gallery Plug-ins

Plug-ins to enhance Windows Live Photo Gallery

download Photo Gallery Plug-ins


Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher from Microsoft Research. While Photo Gallery includes the same stitching “engine”, this application provides a lot more fine control. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom. After installing, ICE can be found in the More tools menu on the Create tab.

Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions

download Microsoft Image Composite Editor


Microsoft Photosynth

Imagine being able to share the places and things you love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. With nothing more than a bunch of photos, Photosynth creates an amazing new experience. After installing, Photosynth can be found in the More tools menu on the Create tab.

install Microsoft Photosynth

Microsoft Pro Photo Tools

Great tool for managing EXIF data, geotagging – uses Bing maps – fast, neat

This is long-orphaned program and you may get hassled trying to get to the download page. If you really want this and can’t get it from Microsoft, get in touch with me (on this blog’s About page).


download Microsoft Pro Photo Tools


VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 7, Windows 8, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software and surf the Web. (NOTE: You need licenses for Windows operating systems just as you would if installing on hardware.)

Current version (October 2014): 6.0.3

download VMware Player

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