You can use Windows Media Center to view your pictures, edit them, and even create slide shows on your TV. For more information, see View pictures and videos in Windows Media Center and Edit pictures in Windows Media Center.
Here are answers to some common questions about working with pictures in Media Center.
All compatible picture files in your Pictures library in Windows will appear in Media Center, including anything stored in the My Pictures folder or the Public Pictures folder. If you store pictures somewhere else, such as an external hard drive, you can add them to Media Center as well. To learn how, see Add media files to Windows Media Center.
One of the best ways to view your pictures is to create a slide show. This feature is great for parties, especially if your computer is connected to a TV. You can customize a slide show by choosing which pictures to display, how long to display them, and which music you'd like Media Center to play in the background. To learn how, see Creating slide shows with music in Windows Media Center.
The following is a list of reasons why a picture might not display in Media Center, as well as suggestions for how to fix the problem.
The picture file type isn't supported in Media Center. For example, some digital camera pictures are saved in the RAW file format, which is not supported in Media Center. If you have a photo-editing program, try opening the image in that program, and then resaving it in a file type that is supported (such as JPEG). To see which file types are supported in Media Center, see File types supported by Windows Media Center.
The file is corrupt. If this is the case, try opening the image in a different photo-editing program, and then resaving it in a different file type. For more information about corrupted files, see Corrupted files: frequently asked questions.
The file is hidden. You can show a hidden file by changing its properties in Windows. For more information, see Show hidden files.
It might be for one of the following reasons:
The image quality setting on your digital camera is set too low. To change this setting so that your camera takes higher-quality pictures, refer to the documentation that came with the camera.
The image has been edited too many times in Media Center. When you edit a picture in Media Center, the file is compressed. Repeatedly editing a picture can reduce its quality. If you have this problem, consider saving copies of your pictures before you edit them so that you have the original, uncompressed versions. For more information, see Edit pictures in Windows Media Center.
Here are some reasons why you might not be able to save changes to your photos after editing them, as well as possible ways to work around each issue:
There's not enough free space to store the edited picture on your computer. You might need to free some space on your hard drive, and then try editing the photo again in Media Center.
The file is read-only. You can change this property for the file in Windows, and then try editing it again in Media Center. To learn how to change this file property, see Prevent changes to a file by setting it to read-only.
This is probably because you're AutoPlay settings are configured to open a different program when you connect your digital camera. To learn how to use Media Center to import pictures from a digital camera, see Add media files to Windows Media Center.
For more information about AutoPlay, see AutoPlay: frequently asked questions.