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” ( and will download the components for Photo Gallery 2012 – This version works well on Windows 10 (and the earlier Windows 7).

Photo Gallery - Download 2014For more details see the blog post “Get Photo Gallery”

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

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.

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

download Microsoft Camera Codec


Windows Live Photo Gallery Plug-ins

Plug-ins to enhance Windows Live Photo Gallery

The download page has been removed by Microsoft

download Photo Gallery Plug-ins

ICE2.0-logo-400Microsoft Image Composite Editor 2.0

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.

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).

Current (??) version: 2.2 released 15 September 2008

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 (February 2015): 7.1.0 – Build 2496824

download VMware Player

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