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I have been taking pictures with my Nikon D50 for two years. When I download them to my computer, I often open them in Microsoft Photo Editor first just to have a quick look and maybe delete horrible shots. With the last batch of photos I downloaded, the first half I could open in Microsoft Photo Editor and then with the last half I started getting a message "Error Reading File" and I cannot get it to open. It will open in Adobe Photoshop Elements, but not Photo Editor. Any new photo I now take will not open in Editor. The only thing I can think of is my husband held my camera and may have changed some menu setting.

Does anyone have any suggestions or solution for this problem? Thank you for any help!.

Wendy..

Comments (18)

Not having the D50 myself, is it possible you're shooting RAW now? I looked at Photo Editor and it doesn't open RAW files and Elements does.Jon.

Give me something to shoot..

Comment #1

I just checked that, and it is set for JPEG Fine. Thanks, though!.

Wendy..

Comment #2

Have you tried formatting the card?Give me something to shoot..

Comment #3

I just tried formatting the card. I shot a test picture, downloaded it, and the file still will not open...

Comment #4

I also was going to say perhaps you're shooting raw now... but you've checked that... how about your color space, did that change? If not, does the D50 have a reset button to put all the default settings back?.

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Comment #5

I'll confess to be being rather novice. Could you explain "color space"? I have misplaced my manual, but if someone could tell me how to reset, I would be willing to try that. Thanks to you all!.

Wendy..

Comment #6

WendyinMD wrote:.

I'll confess to be being rather novice. Could you explain "colorspace"? I have misplaced my manual, but if someone could tell me howto reset, I would be willing to try that. Thanks to you all!.

Wendy.

Here's a link to the free D50 manual in a PDF form. You will need the free PDF reader to be able to read it..

Http://support.nikontech.com/...F9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**&p_li=&p_topview=1.

Color space is the color gamut (range and types of colors) your picture will be using. The most common and widely used is sRGB. Others are Adobe RGB and ProPhotoRGB and there are others as well. I don't know which color spaces the D50 can shoot in, but honestly, I don't think this is your problem..

Let me know if you have problems accessing the D50 manual or can't read it. I can download it and explain how to reset your camera if need be..

It seems there is a two-button reset and also a menu-based reset, and you need to do both to reset ALL of the base and custom settings..

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Comment #7

Pages 50 (two-button base reset) and 87 (menu custom settings reset) of the manual describe how to reset the camera..

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Comment #8

You've received some helpful responses, but I don't think any of them really hit the mark. I ran a Google search on "Microsoft Photo Editor + error reading file" and found quite a few (1) reasons for the error, (2) possible solutions, and (3) that what you're seeing is not isolated..

Since you've stated the D50 is set at JPG fine, it's probably not a file size issue, although some of the Google hits reveal that Photo Editor has a size limitation..

It's possibly a memory problem, but as you've had no problems in the past, again, probably not your issue..

If you're running Office 97 on your PC, I'd try one of the following Microsoft solutions:.

Http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kben-us;166339.

Http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kben-us;162784..

Comment #9

And not the camera at all. Computer applications aren't really just a single program file, but a network of files that have to work together. And if one of those files gets corrupted, the program will stop working or work erratically. The kicker is, you don't have to do anything to corrupt a file. If a spot on your hard drive where a given file goes bad (and they DO, from time to time), then anything residing on that spot becomes unreliable at the very least..

If the camera settings seem fine and another program can access the photos., and all of your photos are no longer usable by the original program, you may need to uninstall the program, and re install it..

If you are in Windows, you may want to run chkdsk first (Start=>Run hit enter). It looks for bad sectors on your Hard drive. I thought XP had a Windows Gui version of Chkdsk, but I couldn't find it on my machine. The command line version is still there and works just fine though and it will tell you if you have a bad sector..

If you are uncomfortable with command line programs you can buy applications like VCom's Fix-It utilities or their combo pack System Suite V8 which include the Fix-it utilities. Programs like this are really useful in that they make keeping your HD healthy pretty easy. I own the System Suite package and wouldn't want to do without it..

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Comment #10

My instructions for running chkdsk were incomplete...

It should have read, (Start=>Run then type in 'chkdsk' and hit enter). This will launch the command line version of chkdsk. Depending on the size of our HD, it could take a few seconds to 20 -30 minutes..

STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

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Comment #11

Hi Wendy - the last posts on possibly being your editor or corrupted fles do have a point, and an easy way to determine if this is the culprit, is to open one of your earlier pictures and see if MS Editor can still open those pictures - if Editor can open another earlier jpeg file then it is probably not the Editor, and being that Adobe Elements can open those files that Editor can't, it doesn't sound like corrupted files - otherwise they wouldn't open even in Elements..

I don't mean to be dissuasive (wow, big word for me - woohoo) on trying new possible causes, I'm trying to provide ways to check those different possible causes to see if they are the culprit(s) so you can follow the right path to your solution, whatever that may be..

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Comment #12

My image file size had been changed from Medium to Large. Apparently like one of the respondents to this question stated, they thought they remembered that Photo Editor has a file size llimitation. Apparently that is true. When I changed the setting back to medium, I could open the picture in Photo Editor. I learned a lot from everyone and I very much appreciate it. Thanks!!!!.

Wendy..

Comment #13

WendyinMD wrote:.

My image file size had been changed from Medium to Large. Apparentlylike one of the respondents to this question stated, they thoughtthey remembered that Photo Editor has a file size llimitation.Apparently that is true. When I changed the setting back to medium,I could open the picture in Photo Editor. I learned a lot fromeveryone and I very much appreciate it. Thanks!!!!.

Wendy.

Cool - glad you found the problem! I don't like MS stuff for much of anything... have you tried using View NX from Nikon? It is free, and can view all of your Nikon raw and jpeg files, zoom in and out, delete unwanted pics, plus more. It is a good viewer, if that is all your doing (you said you used editor to sort through your photos). This would resolve your issue with large files..

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Comment #14

Well, that's good that you got it fixed. Now tell your husband not to touch it anymore...JonGive me something to shoot..

Comment #15

Glad it was something simple..

Why not use PSE (you said you had it) for the editing and get something better than Photo Editor for viewing and deleting? Try the free Faststone Image Viewer....

Http://www.faststone.org/.

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Comment #16

Instead of using a fairly useless and featureless editor like Microsoft Photo Editor you might use a image browser (there a bunch of them and some are freeware).I wouldn't shot only in a medium size to be able to open in a clumsy software..

Try using the freeware IrfanView or XnView or Fast Stone Viewer and use always the true resolution of the camera. The other sizes are just for test shots and for storage problems (but now the price of the memory cards it so low that doesn't have any influence in this decision).Just my 2 cents.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #17

I will definitely check out some of these free products. You are right that I should not compromise my pictures just for a browsing editor. This was the first time I posted here and I have been very impressed by the knowledge and the willingness to share it with an amateur like me! Again, thank you everyone very much!.

Wendy..

Comment #18

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