Folders in Windows Live Photo Gallery do not use the correct "date taken" metadata

Problem description

When you import photos and videos, Windows Live Photo Gallery creates folder names that have dates that do not correspond to the date the photos or videos were taken.

This problem occurs if you specify that the folder name should contain "Date Taken" in the Import Settings options. And, you import photos from a source other than a connected camera or a storage card that you take from a camera and put in a card reader. For example, you import photos from a CD or from a DVD, you import previously imported or edited photos and videos, or you download photos and videos from the Web.

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Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
You can enable a feature that forces Windows Live Photo Gallery to use the "date taken" metadata. To do this, create a new value in a Windows Live Photo Gallery registry key.
Note When this feature is enabled, performance may decrease significantly during the import process, especially if you import from a device that is connected through USB. The performance may be much slower than it was before you enabled the feature.
We recommend that you change the value to "0" or that you delete the new value from the registry when you no longer require it.

To enable the feature that forces Windows Live Photo Gallery to use the "date taken" metadata, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that you are a member of the Administrator group on the computer.
  2. Click Start, and then use one of the following steps:
    • On a Windows Vista-based computer, type run in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
    • On a Windows XP-based computer, click Run.
  3. Type regedit.exe, and then click OK to open Registry Editor.
  4. In Registry Editor, expand the nodes to the following path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Acquisition
    Note If the Photo Acquisition key does not exist, add it. To do this, right-click the Windows Live key, click New, and then click Key.
  5. Under the Photo Acquisition key, right-click the pane on the right side, click New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name the new DWORD ForceDateTakenDuringEnumeration.
  7. Double-click the new ForceDateTakenDuringEnumeration value that you created, and then enter 1 in the Value data field.
  8. Close Registry Editor.

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Article ID: 951173 - Last Review: Sep 22, 2011 - Revision: 1