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How do you update your photo gallery?

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To update your photo gallery, use the Windows Essentials updater if Windows Photo Gallery indicates the availability of updates. Alternatively, use the Windows Essentials Web installer to update the photo gallery to the latest build.

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When the Windows Essentials updater sends an update availability alert through the system tray notifications, open Windows Photo Gallery. This prompts the application to communicate with the Microsoft servers within 10 to 20 seconds. A notification balloon then appears in the system tray. Click on this balloon to download the available update.

Next, press Yes on the User Account Control box. This prompts the Windows Essentials updater to download and install the most recent updates for the photo gallery. Once the update process is complete, press Close, and come out of Windows Photo Gallery. To activate the updates, reopen the application.

To update the photo gallery when no update availability notification is given, obtain the Windows Essentials Web installer from Microsoft.com. Download the file, and open it to open the Windows Essentials box. Press Yes on the User Account Control box to launch a Windows Essentials 2012 box.

Next, click on Choose the Programs You Want to Install, and deselect any applications of Windows Essentials that are not to be installed. Press Install to begin the update process. After the update process is finished, press Close to come out of the Windows Essentials box.

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