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Q: windows xp ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: windows xp
Category: Computers
Asked by: mark800-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 04 Dec 2003 16:24 PST
Expires: 03 Jan 2004 16:24 PST
Question ID: 283649
I have Windows XP Home Edition on my home computer and XP Professional
on my work computer. I noticed that in XP when you view a picture in
MS Picture & Fax Viewer and then go to edit it takes you to MS Paint.
In XP Professional (and in 98) it takes you to MS Photo Editor. I like
MS Photo Editor. Is there a way to get on my XP Home Edition computer.

Request for Question Clarification by robertskelton-ga on 04 Dec 2003 16:37 PST
It appears to be part of Microsoft® Works Suite 2004 - perhaps the
whole suite was bundled with your XP Professional?
Subject: Re: windows xp
Answered By: muhammad-ga on 27 Dec 2003 04:29 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
The reason why a file is opened by a particular program is becasue the
file type is "associated" with that program. For a file to open in a
program you first need to install that program on your computer.

In your case, you need to first install  MS Photo Editor on the system
where you want it to open the picture files. This is true for both XP
professional as well as Home Edition (and same in most Windows
Operating systems after WIndows 95).

Presuming that you have MS Photo Editor installed and the file still
opens with another program, in that case if you specifically want MS
Photo Editor to open the picture file you need to follow the

On the File which you want MS Photo Editor to open, Shift-Right Click
(Right Click while keeping the Shift Key pressed] the file, it will
open a short-cut menu with a list of options. Notice the option which
reads like "Open With". This option is usually next to "Open" option
in that short-cut menu. "Open With" menu will open sub-options  which
display software(s) installed on your computer. (For example, common
picture files like .JPGs, .GIFs can be opened by many software such as
Internet Explorer, Picture Viewer etc).

After that choose the "Choose Program..." option which will open a
"Open with" dialog box. In the "Open with" dialog box you will see a
list of programs installed on your system. Among these programs,
choose the program (by clicking on it) which you want to open your
picture file. After selecting, select the Check Box at the bottom of
the dialog box which reads like ""Always use the selected program to
open this kind of file". Checking this option ensures that next time
you open the file, it will be opened hence forth by the software you
selected in this dialog box.

In some cases the Software which you want to handle the file type
(open the picture file in your case) is not listed in the list of
programs available. In that case you have to locate that software by
clicking on the "Browse" button on the "Open with" dialog box. That
will present you with another dialog box which is a file selection
dialog box. If you know the exact location of the software executable
which you want to handle the picture files, select it and click on
"Open" button. In this case also click on the check box "Always use
the selected program to open this kind of file".

In this way your picture files will be associated with the software
which you choose from the list of software. Since you want MS Photo
Editor to open the picture files, select it in the dialog box using
the procedure explained above. This will ensure that MS Photo Editor
will open your picture files from now onwards. You will get the MS
Photo Editor option listed in the list of programs. In case it is not,
use the browse option to locate it.

I hope that this helps, in case you need any further clarification
feel free to post an answer clarification.


Request for Answer Clarification by mark800-ga on 01 Jan 2004 16:56 PST
Thanks everyone for the comments, but what to know is: Is there a way
to get MS Photo Editor. XP defaults to Paint and XP Pro defaults to MS
Photo Editor. I do not see MS Photo Editor in my program list for XP.
Is there a way to buy it and add it to the XP computer? It's just a
very simple, easy to use program and that's why I'm asking. Thanks.

Clarification of Answer by muhammad-ga on 02 Jan 2004 01:47 PST
It appears that MS Photo Editor is no longer available for retail sale
separately. Microsoft has recently come up with "Microsoft Plus
Digital Media Edition"
( It is also
affordably priced at $20. It is also simple and easy to use and I hope
you find it a good alternative to MS Photo Editor.

mark800-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Last comment answered it perfectly. Thank you!

Subject: Re: windows xp
From: alienware2003-ga on 06 Dec 2003 14:02 PST
Zip up the folder in your 'programs' folder in windows explorer then
save it some sort of a medium (i.e. floppy, CD, iPod (portable
harddrive)) and unzip the folder in the target computer. Alternately
run RemotelyAnywhere server on the computer containing photo editor,
log into the computer and download the file.
Subject: Re: windows xp
From: costa-ga on 06 Dec 2003 20:21 PST
MS-Photo Editor is part of MS Office. 
In the specific examples you cited, i.e. photos opening up in Photo
Editor in Win 98, most probably Office was installed.
So, in order to get that functionality in Win XP Pro, all you have to
do is install that option from the Office CD.
Cheers and hop I was of assistance.
Subject: Re: windows xp
From: alexus-ga on 18 Dec 2003 07:25 PST
install Office xp, and next time when you click next it'll take you to
ms paint as you want it too..
Subject: Re: windows xp
From: aikane-ga on 16 Jun 2004 12:00 PDT
Photo Editor is a part of Microsoft Office, not Microsoft Windows.
Use the following URL to find out more about installing and
configuring Microsoft Photo Editor under Windows XP:

Take care!

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