When you use a third-party tool to open a picture that was previously edited in Windows Photo Gallery, some metadata fields are duplicated, dropped, or corrupted

When you use a third-party tool to open a picture that was previously edited in Windows Photo Gallery, some metadata fields are duplicated, dropped, or corrupted

Article ID : 946666
Last Review : May 19, 2008
Revision : 1.0
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SYMPTOMS

In Windows Photo Gallery, you add some metadata to a picture file. When you open this picture in a third-party tool, some metadata fields for the picture file may be duplicated, dropped, or corrupted.

This issue occurs in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, and in Windows Server 2008.

For example, you open and save a .jpg picture in Windows Photo Gallery, and then you embed some metadata into the picture by using a third-party application. When you open this picture in Adobe Photoshop, you receive an error.

In this example, if you open the .jpg file in a hexadecimal editor, you see duplicated XMP metadata tags. One metadata tag is set to xmp:xmpmeta and the other one is set to x:xmpmeta.

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CAUSE

In Windows XP, in Windows Vista, and in Windows Server 2008, the Windows Imaging Component uses the xmp:xmpmeta tag. However, some third-party tools may recognize only the x:xmpmeta tag.

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RESOLUTION

A hotfix is available to resolve this issue. After you apply this hotfix, the Windows Imaging Component uses the x:xmpmeta tag instead of the xmp:xmpmeta tag. This change affects applications that rely on the Windows Imaging Component, such as Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Live Photo Gallery.

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Hotfix information for Windows XP

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that this article describes. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, submit a request to Microsoft Online Customer Services to obtain the hotfix. To submit an online request to obtain the hotfix, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451 (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451)

Note If additional issues occur or any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. To create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support)

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Service Pack 3 installed on the computer.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

Registry information

To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Windows XP, x86-based versions
File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Wicext.dll 6.0.6001.22133 347,136 28-Apr-2008 13:58 x86

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Hotfix information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Windows Vista service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem, submit a request to Microsoft Online Customer Services to obtain the hotfix. To submit an online request to obtain the hotfix, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451 (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451)

Note If additional issues occur or any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. To create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support)

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

Registry information

To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, 32-bit editions
File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Package_1_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,950 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_2_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,788 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_3_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,788 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,425 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,367 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,711 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,425 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,430 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Update.mum Not Applicable 2,084 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
X86_6b4cb25b7076eda2ef1237dade41afaf_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22133_none_e259a122b5291b12.manifest Not Applicable 703 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
X86_be8707f4b9a83fa066893c21bb6cb66b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20788_none_15464dee6b89199c.manifest Not Applicable 703 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-windowscodecext_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20788_none_91e6ad81d4d6337b.manifest Not Applicable 320,637 08-Mar-2008 04:49 Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-windowscodecext_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22133_none_93fdfa51d1d8ba04.manifest Not Applicable 320,649 11-Mar-2008 03:50 Not Applicable
Windowscodecsext.dll 6.0.6000.20788 347,136 08-Mar-2008 04:20 x86
Windowscodecsext.dll 6.0.6001.22133 347,136 11-Mar-2008 03:18 x86
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, 64-bit editions
File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Amd64_72e62fec29004421655e527362b2f5fb_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20788_none_8414b5b4211e9ee1.manifest Not Applicable 1,054 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Amd64_982b2ca88bbf1b958da2de5671436bc8_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22133_none_6dca824d6bf89b28.manifest Not Applicable 1,054 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-windowscodecext_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20788_none_ee0549058d33a4b1.manifest Not Applicable 320,667 08-Mar-2008 05:00 Not Applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-windowscodecext_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22133_none_f01c95d58a362b3a.manifest Not Applicable 320,679 11-Mar-2008 04:27 Not Applicable
Package_1_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 2,183 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_2_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 2,019 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_3_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 2,019 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,433 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,375 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,721 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,433 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,438 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Update.mum Not Applicable 2,098 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Windowscodecsext.dll 6.0.6000.20788 387,072 08-Mar-2008 04:28 x64
Windowscodecsext.dll 6.0.6001.22133 387,072 11-Mar-2008 03:51 x64
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Itanium-based versions
File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Ia64_3eabb1fed70e309acacbe91c258d82eb_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22133_none_7bdb9c60621a248a.manifest Not Applicable 1,052 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Ia64_microsoft-windows-windowscodecext_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22133_none_93ff9e47d1d6c300.manifest Not Applicable 320,662 11-Mar-2008 04:12 Not Applicable
Package_1_for_kb946666~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 2,014 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,429 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Package_for_kb946666_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum Not Applicable 1,434 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Update.mum Not Applicable 1,425 11-Mar-2008 21:57 Not Applicable
Windowscodecsext.dll 6.0.6001.22133 644,096 11-Mar-2008 03:43 IA-64

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STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the Applies to section.

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MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Windows Imaging Component, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms737408.aspx (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms737408.aspx)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms737407.aspx (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms737407.aspx)

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 (/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=824684/) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Ultimate
• Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional
• Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
• Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
• Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
• Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
• Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
• Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
• Windows Server 2008 Standard

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