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Should I remove Windows Live Photo Gallery?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,292
United States Rank #7,908
Reach 0.0299%


15.4.3502.0922 8.49%
14.0.8117.416 1.36%
14.0.8081.709 1.19%
12.0.1347.0718 24.96%
12.0.1329.0201 54.84%
12.0.1308.1023 9.17%

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Windows Live Photo Gallery

What is Windows Live Photo Gallery?

Windows Photo Gallery is a photo editing software that is a part of Microsoft's Windows Essentials software suite. Windows Photo Gallery provides management, tagging, and searching capabilities for digital photos. It provides an image viewer that can replace the default OS image viewer, and a photo import tool that can be used to acquire photos from a camera or other removable media. Windows Photo Gallery also allows sharing of photos by uploading them to SkyDrive, Flickr and Facebook.

About  (from Microsoft)

With Photo Gallery, it's easy—and fun—to edit, organize, and share your photos and videos. Photo Gallery is part of Windows Essentials, a free download that also includes tools for movies, instant messaging, email, social networking, and more. Photo Gallery includes powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that you can u...  Read more


The most common release is 12.0.1329.0201, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named wlxphotogallery.exe. The setup package generally installs about 60 files and is usually about 674 KB (690,176 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials
Help link: photogallery.live.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows live\photo gallery
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{3336F667-9049-4D46-98B6-4C743EEBC5B1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 674 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Live Photo Gallery

Program executable:wlxphotogallery.exe
Name:Windows Live Photo Gallery
Path:C:\Program Files\windows live\photo gallery\wlxphotogallery.exe
Additional files:
  • uxcontacts.dll - Windows Live Client Contacts UX (Windows Live Client Contacts UX Module)
  • albumdownloadprotocolhandler.dll - Windows Live™ Photo Gallery (Windows Live Album Download Protocol Handler)
  • imaging.dll - Expression Imaging
  • imagingdevice.dll - Windows Live® Photo Gallery (Imaging Device)
  • imagingservices.dll - Imaging Services
  • metadatasys.dll - Metadata Property System
  • microsofteffects.dll - Microsoft Effects
  • npwlpg.dll - NPWLPG
  • photoviewershim.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • photoviewershimx64.dll
  • publishpluginsinterop.dll - Windows Live Publish Plugin Framework Managed Interop
  • regres.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery Registry Resources
  • wlxalbumdownloadwizard.exe - Windows Live Photo Download Wizard
  • wlxclip.dll - Windows Live Video Clip Support
  • wlxcodechost.exe - Windows Live Photo Gallery Codec Host
  • wlxcodechostps.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery Codec Host Proxy
  • wlxdspa.dll - Windows Live Video DSP Components - Advanced
  • wlxfacerecognition.dll - Windows Live Face Recognition
  • wlxgrinderscheduler.dll - WLX Grinder Scheduler
  • wlximagetranscode.dll - Image Transcode
  • wlxmediapublishsubscribe.dll - Windows Live Publish Subscribe
  • wlxmp4parser.dll - WLX MP4 Parser Filter
  • wlxphotoacq.dll - Windows Live Photo Acquisition
  • wlxphotoacquirewizard.exe - Windows Live Photo Acquisition Wizard
  • wlxphotobase.dll - Photo Base Library
  • wlxphotocinematic.dll - Windows Live Slideshow Theme - Cinematic
  • wlxphotoclassic.dll - Windows Live Slideshow Theme - Classic
  • wlxphotogalleryrepair.exe - Windows Live Photo Gallery Repair
  • wlxphotolibrarydatabase.dll
  • wlxphotolibrarymain.dll
  • wlxphotolibraryresources.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery Resources
  • wlxphotosqm.dll - Photo Sqm Library
  • wlxphotoviewer.dll
  • wlxphotovoyager.dll - Windows Live Slideshow Theme - Voyager
  • wlxpipeline.dll - Windows Live Video Pipeline
  • wlxpipetran.dll - Windows Live Video Pipeline Transitions
  • wlxquicktimecontrolhost.exe - Windows Live QuickTime Control Host
  • wlxquicktimecontrolhostps.dll - Windows Live QuickTime Control Host Proxy
  • wlxquicktimeshellext.dll - Windows Live QuickTime Shell Extension
  • wlxsendmail.dll - WLX Send Mail
  • wlxslideshow.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery Slide Show
  • wlxthumbcache.dll - WLX Thumbnail Cache
  • wlxvafilt.dll - Windows Live Video Acquisition Filters
  • wlxvideoacquirewizard.exe - Windows Live Import Video
  • wlxvideocameraautoplaymanager.exe - Windows Live Video Camera Auto Play Manager
  • wlxvideotrim.dll - Windows Live Video Trim Processor
  • livealbumxctrl.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery (Live Album Active X control)
  • wlxphotolibraryduiresources.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery Non-Localized Resources
  • wlxphotolibraryduiresourceslocalized.dll - Windows Live Photo Gallery Localized Resources
  • uxcalendar.dll - Windows Live Client UX (Windows Live Client UX Calendar Module)
  • uxcore.dll - Windows Live Client UX Core Module
  • wldcore.dll - Windows Live Client (Windows Live Client Shared Platform Module)
  • microsoft.windowslive.publishplugins.dll - Windows Live (R)
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Autoplay Handlers
  • photoviewershim.dll is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'MSLiveShowPicturesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'Microsoft.Photos.LiveAutoplayShim.1' and the action verb 'open.
  • wlxphotoacquirewizard.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler (MSLivePhotoAcqHWEventHandler).
  • wlxvideocameraautoplaymanager.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler (MSLiveVideoCameraArrivalCaptureWizard).
Google Chrome Plugin
  • npwlpg.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPWLPG.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npwlpg.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Windows Live Photo Gallery' with a plugin key of '@microsoft.com/WLPG,version=15.4.3502.0922' for all users of the PC.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • wlxphotogallery.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\WLXPhotoGallery.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:141.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015681148%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00089700%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00067112%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:19,466,305
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:17.3 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:53.36 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Windows Live Photo Gallery?

You can uninstall Windows Live Photo Gallery from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Live Photo Gallery, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Windows Live Photo Gallery.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Windows Live Photo Gallery you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win Vista (SP2) 46%
Win 7 1%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 57.12%
Windows XP 20.74%
Windows 7 15.82%
Windows 10 6.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 53.24%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.99%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.30%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.96%
Windows 10 Home 4.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.48%

Distribution by countryGeography

70.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 70.64%
  United Kingdom 11.80%
  Australia 2.68%
  Canada 2.55%
  Iran 1.34%
  India 1.21%
  Ireland 1.07%
  France 0.80%
  Philippines 0.67%
  Sweden 0.67%
  Taiwan 0.54%
  Malaysia 0.40%
  Poland 0.40%
  Turkey 0.40%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 43.98%
Hewlett-Packard 19.89%
Toshiba 9.24%
Acer 7.00%
American Megatrends 4.76%
Gateway 4.20%
Sahara 2.80%
Sony 2.24%
Intel 1.40%
Samsung 0.84%
Medion 0.84%
Common models
Dell Studio 1535 12.76%
Dell XPS M1530 9.66%
Dell XPS M1330 5.86%
HP Pavilion dv3500 Notebo... 3.10%
TOSHIBA Satellite E105 2.76%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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