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    First mild waves of annoyance you would experience when trying to fight through useless photo App. It takes pictures, plases them in unknow folder and doesn’t provide any options to customize or view the location. Once again, this aimed at stupidest of the stupid.

    Anyway, with Windows 8 do not even think using Windows help. Just for fun try searching for “import pictures” in windows 8 help. Useless. Completely useless.

    Immediately reach for Internet and search for help. In this case just create a shortcut:

    %SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe “%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\photoAcq.dll”,PhotoAndVideoAcquire

    and call it “Photo Import.” Just forget forever about Win8 APP that created for monkeys toddlers.


    Udar Gromov

    This works if you have something to import.

    But how to change Photo import options if there is nothing to import?

    I could not find a way to open “Import Settings” dialog directly with a shortcut. Saw I had to modify Registry settigns directly with *.REG file.

    If you need to change your import location every January 1 (to change year folder), you can find you current settings at . . .

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Photo Acquisition\Camera

    . . . and save them into a file. Each year on Jannuary 1 your would replace old year with a new year and merge REG fiel back into registry. Luckily this particular REG manipulation allows you to search for 2015 and replace it with 2016. Clumsy, ugly, but it works.

    Not so for Word and Excel default data directories. For same reason they a recorded in HEX format in Registry – of course, for secrecy. You would use the same procedure, but you have to be much more careful and attentive. Year 2015 is recorded in registry as:


    To change this number to 2016 all you need to do is to change 35 to 36. Wow!

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