Jul
14
2012

How to Fix: Windows Live Photo gallery or stuck pictures screensaver in Windows 7

After reading this post you will be able to fix the problems associated with Windows Live photo gallery in Windows 7, Vista, XP. These problems include:

  • Windows live photo Gallery Freezes
  • Windows Photo gallery screensaver says “ no pictures found”
  • Other Photo Gallery related issues.

There are two methods to fix this:

Before starting let’s backup your Windows Registry, as this method includes registry editing. Click here

Method 1:

To fix this problem, you have to regenerate the database for Windows Live Photo Gallery. To do this, follow the appropriate steps for your operating system:

Windows XP

Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • Click Start, click Run, type %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Photo Gallery, and then click OK.
  • Delete any existing instance of “OLD_Pictures.pd4″ and “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”
  • Locate and then right-click “Pictures.pd4″ or “Pictures.pd5.”
  • Rename “Pictures.pd4″ to “OLD_Pictures.pd4″ or rename “Pictures.pd5″ to “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”

Windows Vista

Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • Click Start, click Run, type %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Photo Gallery, and then click OK.
  • Delete any existing instance of “OLD_Pictures.pd4″ and “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”
  • Locate and then right-click “Pictures.pd4″ or “Pictures.pd5.”
  • Rename “Pictures.pd4″ to “OLD_Pictures.pd4″ or rename “Pictures.pd5″ to “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”

Windows 7

Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • Click Start, click Run, type%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Photo Gallery, and then click OK.
  • Delete any existing instance of “OLD_Pictures.pd4″ and “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”
  • Locate and then right-click “Pictures.pd4″ or “Pictures.pd5.”
  • Rename “Pictures.pd4″ to “OLD_Pictures.pd4″ or rename “Pictures.pd5″ to “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”

Make Sure Windows Live Photo Gallery is closed when you perform this repair operation. When you restart Windows Live Photo Gallery, the database will be rebuilt.

 

Method 2:

 

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Shantanu is a Windows Enthusiast, a troubleshooter & a writer. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Expert - IT Pro from 2007. You can check out his other work @ www.shantanukaushik.com

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