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How to transfer photos to a PC without additional software

Windows makes it easy to upload your snaps

If you're anything like me, you're probably snap-happy when it comes to capturing moments with your digital camera. And with Windows built-in feature you can upload your digital memories to your PC in just a few clicks.

We show you how, in just five simple steps.

Step one
You'll need to start by connecting your digital camera to your PC using the USB cable that come bundled with the device. If you're using Windows 7, some devices will use a technology known as Device Stage. Microsoft describes Device Stage as a new visual interface that should be seen as a "multi-function version of Autoplay where it displays all the applications, services, and information related to your device". Alternatively, if your device doesn't support the technology you'll be presented with Windows' standard AutoPlay interface.

Step two
For those that are presented with a Device Stage window, double-click the Import Pictures and Videos option, which in the case of the Nikon S3000 I used is on the lefthand side of the window. The software will automatically detect how many images and videos are stored on the camera to be imported to your PC. You'll be given the option to tag the photos with a keyword, phrase or even date. Then press Import.

Step three
The software will begin importing your pictures. It'll also give you the option to erase the pictures as soon as they've been imported. To implement this simply tick the box. As soon as the images have been imported to your machine, the folder containing the pictures will automatically be opened, leaving you free to edit or share the snaps. Simply unplug the USB cable for your machine to disconnect your device.

Step four
For those that have connected a camera without Device Stage technology, you'll see the standard Windows AutoPlay interface. From the options presented, click on 'Import pictures and videos'. Just like those using the Device Stage technology, the software will automatically detect how many images and videos are stored on the camera to be imported to your PC. You'll be given the option to tag the photos with a keyword, phrase or even date. Then press Import.

Step five
Windows will now start importing the pics on to your PC. Once again, ticking the box next to 'Erase the pictures as soon as they've been imported' will ensure you don't need to go back and delete your snaps from your camera at a later date. Once the images have been imported, the folder containing the pictures will automatically be opened, leaving you free to edit or share the snaps. Then you can simply unplug the USB cable from your machine to disconnect your device.

See also: The five best free photo downloads

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