What Is the Difference Between Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Photo Gallery?

By Jennifer Claerr

It's not hard to get confused when comparing Windows Live Photo Gallery with Windows Photo Gallery. However similar these two graphics editing programs are, they are two completely different programs with different feature sets. While Windows Live Photo Gallery is a much more versatile program, Windows Photo Gallery still has its advantages.

Windows Live Photo Gallery Features

Windows Live Photo Gallery has several features that Windows Photo Gallery lacks. Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 for Windows Vista and 7 includes features that can recognize faces, fuse two photos into one, retouch photos, edit multiple photos at once, sync image tags with Facebook and send photos by email. Both Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 and Windows Live Photo Gallery for Windows XP let you choose slide show themes, do one-click editing, create panoramic photos, add tags and effects to photos, sort photos by rating or date, publish photos to other sites and print photos at kiosks. In addition to all of these features, Windows Live Photo Gallery has editing tools to straighten, crop and adjust the exposure, color and detail of photos.

Windows Photo Gallery Features

Windows Photo Gallery has basic photo editing features that let you adjust a picture's exposure and color, crop a picture or fix red eye. Windows Photo Gallery also has an Auto Adjust feature that quickly adjusts both color and exposure. Using Windows Photo Gallery, you can organize, find, print and create slide shows from your photos, as well as burn your photos or videos to CD or DVD. In addition, Windows Photo Gallery can send photos to others by email.

Availability

Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 can be installed in either Windows Vista or Windows 7. A separate version of Windows Live Photo Gallery is also available for Windows XP. You must download the correct version of Windows Live Photo Gallery for your operating system. Windows Photo Gallery, on the other hand, comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate. It is not available for any other operating system. You can have Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Live Photo Gallery installed at the same time in Windows Vista.

Interface

The interface in Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Photo Gallery are very similar. The primary difference is that Windows Live Photo Gallery has a much richer toolbar at the top of the photo gallery. The buttons in Windows Live Photo Gallery give you quick access to its advanced features such as creating slideshows, tagging photos, adding descriptive tags and captions and publishing photos to Facebook or movies to YouTube. The toolbar in Windows Photo Gallery, by comparison, is much more basic, only giving access to the File menu, and tools such as Fix, Print, Email, Burn and Make a Movie.