Image metadata and WinXP RRS feed

  • Question

  • How do I get WinXP explorer to show metadata (System properties)?  I know the image contains the metadata, I can see it in MS Pro Photo Tools on XP.

    But if you try to use the Detail View and select Title, Subject, Keyords, and Comments the info is not there. 

    If you right-click on the image file and select properties, again the info is not there.

    If you open the image in MS Pro Photo Tools the infor IS there.

    I have .net Framework 3.5 installed.  Search 4.0 is installed.  I tried installing the (old) 2006 version of the WIC update and was told a newer copy is already installed.

    I have this nice app that I wrote using Windows API Code Pack v1.0 to access image metadata through mangaged code using Shell Properties that works great on Vista.  It runs on XP with out exceptions but does not show the properties.

    What else do I need to do??????
    Friday, September 4, 2009 10:14 PM


  • The WIC policy keys (such as System.Title, System. Keywords, and System.Comments) are tied to the WIC version. The shell, however, is related to the version of Windows you're running, and it uses a property system that calls into the policy layer. Old version of shell means the shell is not linked to the WIC policy keys. So your tool should really be using WIC's policy keys *directly* rather than going through propsys if you want to make it independent on the version of shell on the system.
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:02 PM