Moving your Photo Albums over from Windows Live To WordPress.

This how to is specifically aimed at all those Spacers who are requesting that they be able to transfer not only their blog to WordPress but also their photo albums they have stored on Windows Live. Here is a step by step through transferring them over to WordPress.

NOTE!  WordPress does not allow as much storage for your photos for free as is available on Windows Live, therefore it might be prudent to choose only those albums from Windows Live that you really want to associate with your blog on WordPress. Any other Photo Albums might best be either left on Windows Live or if you intend to not visit there once your blog is transferred to WordPress, then it might be better to alternatively download them  and store them all  on an external drive or DVD.

Selecting an Album to download

1. First of all, you will need to download each album that you wish to transfer from your Windows Live photos to your computer so firstly go to your home page on Windows Live, and click on Photos followed by clicking on Your Albums.

2. Next, click on the Album that you wish to transfer over to WordPress media. Click on More and then select Download from the drop down list. You will be offered a choice of downloading to either Photo Gallery or as a .zip file.

3. Choose to download with Photo Gallery if you have that installed on your computer. If you haven’t got it installed then download your photo album as a .zip file instead.

Album in Photo Gallery

4. Once your album has been downloaded, it will be available in Photo Gallery or alternatively you can unzip the file if you had to use that method of download. Unzip the photos to a created folder to make it easier when you export them to WordPress.

5. Next, you will need to go to your WordPress Dashboard. Once there, click on Media from the sidebar. Its found on the left hand side of your dashboard under Posts. This is your photo library. You can add one photo or several in a Gallery or slideshow to any of your blog posts on WordPress besides adding them inside a post as a thumbnail in Live Writer if you prefer.

6. Click on Add New. You will see the following screen. NOTE. You can only add 1GB of files at a time.

Upload Media screen

7. Click on Select Files button. You will then see all of the files available on your computer. Go to your pictures library and select the folder that contains your album photos that you wish to transfer to WordPress.

8. Select those photos from your folder that you wish to transfer (in my case all of them) and then click on Open. Your photos will then begin to upload to your WordPress media.

Selecting the photos to transfer

9. Once they have all uploaded to your WordPress media, click on Save Changes at the bottom of that screen.

My Album photos now in WordPress media

You might want to attach them to a certain blog post you are going to publish. Let’s say that you intend to do a post about a holiday and these are your holiday snaps, or maybe you are blogging about an event such as a wedding and would love to include all the photos you took either as a Gallery or a slideshow and attach them to a blog post. In my next how-to, I’ll show you how to do just that by showing you how to include any of the photos you have in your Media files on with any of your blog posts on



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43 Responses to Moving your Photo Albums over from Windows Live To WordPress.

  1. gcoupe says:

    Actually, TG, I don’t know that it’s necessary to jump through all these hoops. You can leave your photo albums in Skydrive and just refer to them with the handy-dandy slideshow widget that Live Writer provides.

    I”ve noticed that the migration process from Spaces to WordPress does a clunky slideshow-to-image table translation. Not very pretty. I’m in the process of using Live Writer to retreive the migrated posts from WordPress, strip out the ugly image table and re-insert the Slideshow widget. See here for an example of the end result:

  2. technogran says:

    Which handy-dandy slideshow widget is that then Geoff? New to me. Will read your blog post with interest. Perhaps you’d like to ‘advertise’ this method on the blog post so that all the other Spacers now arriving here can see your tips and blog post and then use it all.

  3. gcoupe says:

    Oh, on further reflection, I may be doing the migration process a disservie. The posts I was looking at were fairly old (in Internet terms), so they may well have been simple tables of images in the original Spaces posts.

    Nevertheless, the point is that you can use the Windows Live Writer slideshow widget to embed your SkyDrive albums into WordPress posts. I happen to think these look better than the WordPress image gallery widget…

    • technogran says:

      Yes Geoff but can you point me to this Writer Gallery plug in? I didn’t know it existed! thanks

      • Geoff Coupe says:

        Er, it’s simply the “add an online album” option in the “Insert Picture” item of the Ribbon… I just use my already existing Skydrive Photo albums, and Bob’s your unlce…

      • technogran says:

        Oh you mean the ‘Photo Album’ feature! Yes but then, those who read your blog have to have a Windows Live ID to go up and watch that slideshow Geoff and maybe they don’t want to bother…….. especially if they are now encamped elsewhere or using flickr or Picasa.

        I have asked the Writer team to consider allowing the Photo Album contents to be stored elsewhere such as flickr but whether they will consider it or not is a horse of a different colour………

  4. Geoff Coupe says:

    TG, Are you sure that you need a Windows Live ID to view slideshows/photo albums marked as “Public”? That would suprise, and disappoint, me if that is indeed the case.

    • technogran says:

      Geoff, just tested this, Went to your URL for all your albums, then signed out (had to copy the URL first of all because as soon as you sign out it takes you to MSN home page) and then went back and lo and behold I could see them all apart from the WLPG test 2 Album so you are right.

      Sorry for my mistake.

  5. technogran says:

    Well try and go up and view one of mine without being logged in and see if you can see them. All mine are set as public. I will check on yours without being signed in and we can then swop info.

  6. Another problem solved!

  7. hymanshu says:

    I’d like to create a photoblog without transferring my photos from skydrive. Is there any way to do that?

    the photoblog would be just a window (a better UI) for my skyDrive album, and if possibel could show all photos. anything possibel for this set up?

    • technogran says:

      Not really without following my instructions on this blog. Or alternatively creating links to all of your Photo Albums stored on your Live SkyDrive. You can see how I now display my Photos on here (both in a Slideshow form and a Gallery form) by visiting my Photo Blog at Then I placed that blog URL as a clickable Menu tab at the top of this blog. To access it, simply click on My Photos underneath the Header.

  8. checmark says:

    One of the best, and I think most interesting, features of the old “spaces” was being able to have photo albums on the page. They did not need to have a reference to any particular post. I am very disappointed that this feature was not ported over to WordPress. I also researched a photo album plug-in and found WP Photo Album Plus, but then discovered Microsoft, or WordPress, doesn’t allow any plug-ins because, to quote a “Happiness Engineer”, of “security”. I have other WordPress sites, many of them with lots of plug-ins and never have any security issues. To disable plug-ins destroys many of the features of WordPress. I liked all of the features of my previous “space”, particularly the integration with Windows Live. This move to WordPress is unwelcome, even though I am a fan of WordPress.

    The only fans of this dumb move by Microsoft will be sites like Facebook, MySpace and Ning, all of whom will gain frustrated previous users of “spaces”.

    • technogran1 says:

      I completely agree checmark. You can of course (as I do) use Flickr (I have always placed my photos on Flickr) and then make use of the Flickr widget, but it doesn’t allow you to see the photos large and inside the actual page. I have used the WordPress Slideshow feature which is about as close as you can get to the actual photo album module we used to be able to incorporate on our Spaces page containing our photos. Take a look at

      However, its a convoluted and very complicated part of WordPress in my opinion, and not for the faint hearted!

    • bunnybutt6 says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with your post. This is pretty much a useless site for me without my photo albums. I guess I didn’t understand that the photo albums wouldn’t be transferred. They need to make this more obvious before people waste their time. Sorry to sound so negative but I am unamused with this waste of my time 😦

      • technogran1 says:

        Bunny you would still have to do something about your Spaces because come March it will be closing down. It simply won’t exist. All that will be left will be your Home page, your Profile page and your SkyDrive which contains your photos.

  9. ChecMark says:

    How about adding this to the instructions to transfer your “space”?

    *Warning. Before you waste time transferring your previously well designed, fully integrated, feature rich and fun “space” from Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft regrets that as a result of our usual arrogance in not caring what users want, we have disabled most WordPress features, such as widgets, for unknown “security” reasons, plus we have destroyed the popular “photo albums” feature of Live Spaces, at a time when online sharing of photos is becoming even more popular. After spending millions of dollars developing the fully integrated Windows Live world, we decided to rip this all important “spaces” feature out. We know that Facebook, MySpaces, Twitter and Ning will appreciate our efforts. If you have any comments please go to “” and we will, as usual, ignore you.”

  10. jitwadee38 says:

    WLS is gonna dissapear very soon??!! So what should I do with my photo albums? How could I transfer all of my photo albums from WLS to WP? I don’t want to save all of them on DVD, they’re too much 😦 Photos are the main on my old WLS and they all are very important to me. Could you please help me??? T_T

  11. technogran says:

    Windows Live Spaces will be discontinued in March of next year. To bring your photo albums over to WordPress work your way through this post. Or download them one by one to your computer via these instructions and then transfer them to flickr if you do not want to leave them up on SkyDrive.
    Your photo albums will NOT be being closed, they will still be there up on Windows Live Sky Drive so you can still share them with all of your friends on Windows Live.
    This post was done in answer to those bloggers who wanted their photos to be where their blog is currently which in this case is now WordPress.

  12. ChecMark says:

    Here’s a suggestion for Microsoft. Don’t they own a minor share in Facebook? Maybe they could consult with the developers of Facebook to add their “photo albums” feature to the new spaces? Even with all their stumbling though, maybe Facebook is smart enough to realize that former fans of Windows Live Spaces will be coming over to Facebook in droves, and tell Microsoft to take a flying leap.

    As a very long term fan of Microsoft, going all the way back to Windows 3.1, I am very disappointed that they seem to have completely lost touch with their customers. This whole forced move to WordPress, away from the Windows Live environment that they spent millions to create, makes no sense.

    • technogran1 says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I think they tend to listen to the wrong sort of users and their feedback instead of the ‘average’ users feedback. Plus they seem to be concentrating their efforts now on the cloud and Windows 7 mobile.

  13. rd512duray says:

    I totally agree with all the ‘negative’ comments re the move from WL to WordPress, the photo system is now really crap. I really liked the WL Blog it HAD everything I needed, and now WordPress DOESN’T! Thanks again for a crap move MS.

    • technogran1 says:

      I think that most of us Windows Live Spaces users will fully agree with your sentiments rd512duray. I loved Windows Live Spaces, it was the whole reason why I used the Windows Live site. Now I never need to go there at all since my Spaces have closed.

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  15. Hi TG,

    In case you don’t already know, this post was linked in a blog which was just emailed to WordPress users:
    Keep up the great work!


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  19. GMHakim says:

    I think this is just another obvious demonstration that Windows is not the innovative company it used to be. It keeps getting outdone by better, smarter companies and programs, and has to merge or integrate with programs people actually want to use. Good guide for an annoying task, by the way.

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