Windows 10: Need to Specify a Folder on a Drive for Autoplay Import From Mem Card Solved

  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    Need to Specify a Folder on a Drive for Autoplay Import From Mem Card

    I'm stumped but before I upgrade to Windows 7 I thought I'd ask here and see if anyone can help. I have 1000's of photos stored on a separate hard drive system. In Win 7 I had set up auto play to save the photos to a folder on the external drive. In Win 10 I can't seem to do this, I've been to Settings/Devices - Auto Play, and in the end the only way round was to change the path of the system folder 'pictures' to the path on the drive. Photos now get imported to the right place but I'm not happy it being a system folder and the photos are imported into a folder named by the date. In Win 7 I could tag the photos on import and the folder & photos would be named with the tag and numbered sequentially. I need this functionality back.
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  2.    12 Aug 2015 #2

    I can't find a solution either. Looks like it might be time to downgrade back to Win7 Ultimate until this is more stable / offers existing functionality. This changes my whole workflow. And the default settings for Windows Photo viewing is to enhance all of your photos... might want to check that out if you use a Win pc for photo workflow... more and more tempted to switch over to linux or mac for this. #DiscouragedByWIN10
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  3.    12 Aug 2015 #3

    After poking around a bit I noticed that it's still the same old Windows underneath a bare bones UI and I found a solution. Right-click on the desktop, select 'new' then 'shortcut' and paste the following in the location box:

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

    Click next and give it a name e.g. photo import.

    When you insert a memory card ignore the popup that asks what you want to do with memory cards and click your new shortcut instead. Click import and on the next screen you can set up the save location and tag and keyword the images - the same as in Win 7. It will also remember what you imported last time and only look for new files.

    I haven't been able to figure out how to disable the Win 10 autoplay and make the shortcut open automatically when you insert a card ...yet.
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  4.    16 Aug 2015 #4

    The Photos app currently saves imported stuff to the picture library's default save folder, that you can change from Explorer: Libraries, Pictures (right-click), Properties, then you can add locations and set the default save location.

    Photos uses a new Windows 10 API that is far quicker than the old Win7 thing that you dug out, but it only imports by date at this time, due to an unfortunate choice made by the Photos app. You can send feedback using the Windows Feedback tool.
    Last edited by AxelR; 20 Jan 2016 at 01:35.
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