Downloading/transferring images from any memory card via XP's Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard

Note: This presentation is available as a Power Point Pres on the \\wbphoto\public\presentation folder (Image_Transfer) or online presentation via Google Docs (Image Transfer)

These instructions are based on Windows XP. Vista is similar…and is much improved version making it my Wizard of choice for Vista.

When you first insert your card, you SHOULD be prompted with a "Wizard". There are lots of ways to get your images on to the computer depending on what programs are installed on YOUR computer AND what is on your card. So, there may be a better way to accomplish this...but this tutorial will use the TOP method.


Other Wizards that COULD be used…depending on what programs are installed on YOUR computer AND what is on your card.


Do not choose to "Always do the selected action." as you may want to do other options, such as Open folder to view files" or use other transfer protocols at various times.




If you hit cancel by accident…or you need to do a VIRUS scan (required at school)
Two options: 1. Remove the media and reinsert forcing the wizard to reappear 2. Go to my computer, right click on the memory stick and choose “AutoPlay”

 Sample 1 (left) and Sample 2 (right) are showing the use of Select All (if you want ALL of the images selected) or Clear All (then Ctrl + Click just the ones you want).



There are THREE things that need to be changed at this step.
1. Type a name that ALL of your images will be named. VERY IMPORTANT!
Do NOT just put Pictures…name it something very specific: Passport 2008 or Kayak July 2008
If you do NOT change the name in step 1, you risk having multiple images with the same name. Name this VERY specific to what you shot.

2. Change the location the photos will be store. Navigate to your P Drive. (see next slide)
3. Choose to "Delete pictures"...unless you are using your own camera.






Notice it is naming each picture as I indicated…and adding a sequential number to the end of the name.








Downloading images from a memory card from the camera via Drag and Drop:








Downloading images from a memory card from the camera via Drag and Drop and specific instructions for the Canon A85 (outdated):

  1. Log into your computer. Open your Network Drive folder (the one with your ID or name as part of the path, L or P). Create a folder for the images you have just taken. Title the folder a relevant file name (i.e. The name of the assignment, or what subjects were taken…you can create more than one folder later to sort your images).
  2. Carefully remove the memory card (compact flash) from the camera using a “multi-fingered” technique to prevent damage to the “CF Card Slot Door” of the camera.
  3. If not already done so, plug-in the Card Reader into the plug on the side of the computer. (This should already be done on class shooting days.)
  4. Insert the Memory Card into the correct slot (there may be more than one slot) with the proper orientation (usually label side up or outward). PLEASE be very certain you are inserting with the proper orientation. It should fit JUST right. When the card begins to connect with the pins, only a slight push directly in the center of the card is necessary for the card to be completely inserted.
  5. A wizard MAY appear asking you what you want to do.
    1. Fastest Way…Choose: “Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer”. This the most reliable way…but do not click on the “Always do the selected action”. If the wizard does not appear, you will need to find the new drive icon that will appear in “My Computer”. Its name will vary depending on the brand of card. 2x click on the memory card icon.

                                                               i.      BE sure you can see your P drive icon or the new folder you just created in the L drive.

                                                             ii.      2x click on the folder “DCIM”. You will see at least one numbered folder (ie. 100CANON) but there may be more than one folder with a number. IGNORE the “CANONMSC” folder.

                                                            iii.      Ctrl Click (or marquee select) the numbered folders.

                                                           iv.      Drag the numbered folder(s) from the MEMORY CARD to your L drive. You will see a progress bar appear as the images are transferred.

                                                             v.      Confirm that your pictures transferred successfully by comparing the number of images in the new location (destination) vs. those on the memory card (source). Delete the numbered folders on the Memory Card….CAUTION…BE SURE you are deleting the correct folders. In most cases, the memory card will show up as E:\DCIM. The entire DCIM folder can be deleted.

                                                           vi.      Return the memory card to the camera or the instructor.

    1. Better Way…Choose: Picasa (if Picasa is installed on your computer)