How to Install Microsoft Photo Editor

By Bryan Hansel

Microsoft discontinued the Microsoft Photo Editor program with the introduction of Office 2003. Once you install Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010, the new version of Photo Editor, called Microsoft Office Picture Manager, replaces the old. Although Picture Manager offers some new cataloguing features, it lacks many of the photo editing features. If you want those features back, and you have a copy of Microsoft Office XP, then you can install Microsoft Photo Editor again.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Office XP CD-ROM

Step 1

Place the Microsoft Office XP CD-ROM into your CD or DVD-ROM drive.

Step 2

Go through the setup program, which automatically launches after you put the CD-ROM into your drive, until you get to the "Customize" button.

Step 3

Click the "Customize" button and work through the menus until you arrive at the "Selecting Features" step.

Step 4

Set all the features in the "Selecting Features" menu to "Not Available" by clicking on the box to the left of the item.

Step 5

Click on the box to the left of the "Office Tools" in the "Selecting Features" menu. This expands the list of office tools.

Step 6

Click "Microsoft Photo Editor." This pulls up a menu.

Step 7

Click "Run from My Computer." This prompts you with another menu.

Step 8

Click the "Install Now" button.

Step 9

Click "OK" when Microsoft Photo Editor finishes installing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Missing your Microsoft Office XP CD-ROM? Download a copy from the web. Several online sites still offer copies of the old Microsoft Photo Editor (see Resources).
  • Installing Microsoft Photo Editor may overwrite some files in your current Office installation. The next time you run Office, it will attempt to fix the files. You may need to reinstall parts of Office from the CD-ROM.