How to Upload Pictures From a Digital Camera to a Computer

The USB cable helps transfer digital data to your computer drive.
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Uploading or transferring images from your camera to your computer enables you to view your visual memories on a screen, save them and manipulate them. Windows Photo Gallery is a freeware download that helps you edit and manage your files for quick access. As a set of images copies to your computer drive, the original image files remain in your camera until you erase them with the camera controls.

Step 1

Download and install Windows Photo Gallery (link in Resources).

Step 2

Power off your camera.

Step 3

Plug one end of the USB cable into your camera's output socket and the other end into your computer's USB port.

Step 4

Turn on the camera.

Step 5

Press the "Windows" logo key and click "Windows Live Photo Gallery" on the Start menu.

Step 6

Click the "Home" tab and then click "Import" in the New group. Click the camera icon, and then click "Import" to to display a dialog box.

Step 7

Click one of two options: "Review, organize, and group items to import" or "Import all new items now." Enter a name in the field and click "Import." The images copy to your computer.

Step 8

View your image files to confirm every file copied correctly.

Tip

Erase the image files from your camera when you're certain the computer saved all your files.

Name the images files and file folders.

Recharge your camera battery. A power failure can cause transfer problems and corrupt the data.

Warning

Information in this article applies to Windows Photo Gallery as of October 2012. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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