Fix for missing XP style scanner and camera wizard

November 27, 2012 at 18:10:28
Specs: Windows 7, Core I3/ 6gigs
Here is the best work around for lack of an XP styled scanner and camera wizard function in Win 7. This requires running XP in virtual mode which requires Win 7 64 bit pro. You can attach a shared device like a SC card reader in XP mode. Now the drive (card reader) can be used the same way it was used in XP. You load the card then right click the drive icon representing the SD reader and click autoplay, up pops the wizard. Then you can navigate to or create the folders you want to download to. Be careful to insure that you are not writing to the virtual drive but instead writing to the drive where Win 7 resides........this is the only work around I have been able to figure out.

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November 28, 2012 at 00:33:09
You don't actually need the Scanner & Camera Wizard or anything like it to use a memory card reader, or to transfer photo files, or to create new folders. You can do all that in any version of Windows 7.

You really think someone is going to buy or upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit Pro just for something they don't need?

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November 28, 2012 at 07:09:39
Well yes, Phil, old buddy, thats why I posted it so folks could have a work around for the awful methods Microsoft has now to automate the process. If you love going through several different processes just to get your photos in the desired folders with the desired names and not where the current two programs from Microsoft want you to put them I guess you don't need the scanner and camera wizard like it was in XP. However, if you think that change isn't always "progress" and some things worked perfectly and needed to be kept as they were then you just might use my suggestion. As for buying or upgrading to Win 7 64 bit pro, most new systems shipped with Win 7 have been 64 bit so the upgrade is not all that expensive to go the pro route. Being able to run XP in virtual mode for some legacy programs that won't run on Win 7 just might happen to be convenient for some folks.

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November 28, 2012 at 07:52:34
Thx for your suggestion.

Always good to get a range of ideas on these sort of topics. Often there are many ways forward but with a selection you can choose the one that suits you best.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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