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    Windows Live Photo Gallery tags characteristics...?

    Windows Photo Gallery in Vista had tags, with no further identification as to type. Windows Live Photo Gallery in Windows 7 has 4 kinds: People, Geotag, Caption and Descriptive.

    Tags can be stored inside JPG image files, and Windows Photo Gallery does that as long as the image is not read-only. Otherwise, it stores the tags in a separate database.

    Windows Live Photo Gallery recognizes the tags that I entered under Windows Photo Gallery, but it is not clear to me Which kinds of tags are stored *in* the image when I enter them in Windows Live Photo Gallery. It's important for me to be able to this even if I am restricted from using some of Windows Live Photo Gallery's features, so I can migrate the photos to a different hard drive, or a different system, and still have the tags available.

    Is there a way to migrate tags stored in WLPG's database into the images themselves if they have been read-only, or I am denied access to write to the files, but later change those parameters?

    Also, what does the checkbox in the upper left of an image frame mean in Windows Live Photo Gallery show? I find that it is checked for some images and not for others, but I have no idea what it indicates.

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    The check mark just means those photos checked are selected. Similar to holding Ctrl and clicking multiple photos, all those selected will have the check mark.

    Not sure about the other questions at this point.
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    I found the answer elsewhere: the tags are all stored in the photo if it is a JPEG (which can store EXIF information) and also in a database. See http://www.happydigitalphotos.com/wi...-photo-gallery. So, photos will carry their metadata with them when migrated or copied. Some of the metadata is in a proprietary format, though.

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