Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery is one of the more comprehensive image-editing programs available for those who want to make quick and simple changes to their photos, such as rotating, resizing or organising. And, best of all, it’s free!

There are numerous features and functions in Windows Live Photo Gallery to get you doing more with your photos, but first you need to get it installed on your computer. Luckily a Windows Live Photo Gallery download takes only a few minutes. Follow the simple steps below, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

You’ll need:

  • a computer with an internet connection.

Follow these steps to download Windows Live Photo Gallery

Step 1: Open a search engine such as Google and type ‘Windows Live Photo Gallery’ into the space provided. If you hit ‘Enter’ or click Search, you’ll be brought to a page listing all of the results in descending order of relevance.

The link you want to click will be the first one: Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Search results for Windows Live Photo Gallery

Step 2: Once the Windows Live Photo Gallery page loads, click to find the right version of Windows Live Photo Gallery by clicking Learn more:

Windows Live Photo Gallery options page

Step 3: You will be taken to a page of download options, where you can choose the right version for your computer and operating system (e.g. Windows 7). Scroll down to choose the correct version for your language. In this case, we will choose English (United Kingdom).

Download different language versions of Windows Essentials 2012

This will immediately launch a pop-up box headed ‘File Download – Security Warning’. Beneath this, it asks: ‘Do you want to run or save this file?’ Click Run.

Step 4: Next, depending on the level of security settings on your computer, you may see another pop-up box asking if you want to ‘allow the following program to make changes to this computer’. This is just your computer being overly cautious. Check that the ‘Verified publisher’ in this window says ‘Microsoft’ and, if it does, click Yes.

Step 5: Windows Essentials 2012 (which is a package of free software programs from Microsoft) will begin its installation process. A new pop-up will ask you to choose between installing all of these programs or only those that you want. You may wish to download all of them, but for now click Choose the programs you want to install.

Windows live photo gallery choose the programs you want to install

Step 6: In the next window, tick ‘Photo Gallery and Movie Maker’ and click Install.

Step 7: When the software has finished installing, you’ll get a final pop-up window announcing that your Windows Live Photo Gallery download is ‘Done!’

However, for Windows Live Photo Gallery installation to be complete, you’ll need to restart your computer. A pop-up window will offer you the choice of clicking a button to restart it now or one to restart it later if you want to continue surfing the internet. For now, choose Restart Now.

Step 8: Your computer will shut down any other open windows and restart itself. Once it starts up again, you should be able to see the Windows Live Photo Gallery software listed among your ‘Programs’ when you click the Microsoft Windows icon or ‘Start’ icon in the lower left-hand corner of your screen.

Jeff Meyer writes about camera techniques and other aspects of photography for