This page provides download links for a number of useful software tools.
Last update: July 2016 (partial)
Windows Photo Gallery
Microsoft now longer supports Photo Gallery and no longer provides a download site.
The link below takes you to a page on the “WaybackMachine” (archive.org) and will download the components for Photo Gallery 2012 – This version works well on Windows 10 (and the earlier Windows 7).
Nikon NEF Codec
For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, works in Windows 10 TP.
Current version: 1.25.0
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.
This codec will not work in all versions of Windows, it is aimed at Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Current version: 6.3.9721.0
Windows Live Photo Gallery Plug-ins
Plug-ins to enhance Windows Live Photo Gallery
The download page has been removed by Microsoft
Newly revised 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 and many other features. The stitched panorama can be saved in a variety of formats, including JPEG, Deep Zoom and Photosynth. After installing, ICE can be found in Photo Gallery in the More tools menu on the Create tab.
Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions
Current version 2.0.3 released February 25, 2014.
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.
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).
Current (??) version: 2.2 released 15 September 2008
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 (February 2015): 7.1.0 – Build 2496824