Almost a year ago, in July 2010, I blogged about something that I had noticed in the beta of Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011: the quality of the slideshows it displayed was noticeably poorer than in the previous version.
It turned out that WLPG 2011 uses Windows Live Movie Maker to display slideshows, and this was what was causing the poorer quality. This was unchanged in the final release of WLPG 2011. Because of this poor quality, when I wanted to display a slideshow on my PC, I used the slideshow function in Windows Explorer. It doesn’t have any fancy transitions, but it displayed the images at a far higher quality than WLPG/WLMM 2011.
And there the matter has stood, until now. Yesterday, I received an email from someone with the nickname tuxplorer, describing a simple change in the Windows Registry that will stop WLPG 2011 from using WLMM to display slideshows, and use its own built-in slideshow capability (that has been left in there from the previous version!).
All you have to do is use Regedit to go in the registry to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery and change the value of the “AutoMoviePlayerSlideshow” value to 0.
That stops WLPG 2011 from using Windows Live Movie Maker, and makes it use its own slideshow capability. That slideshow engine has a number of transition effects, but if you choose the “Classic” theme, then you will get the same high-quality slideshows as in Windows Explorer.
Hat-tip to tuxplorer!