What is "date taken" in Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by MaryL, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. MaryL

    MaryL Guest

    I recently got a new computer with Vista. I had a number of programs that I
    downloaded and saved to separate folders in XP, and I copied these to a
    download folder in Vista. Some of them look just as they looked under XP --
    that is, I can check the filename, and I can see the date modified by
    selecting view>details. However, there are a number that do not have date
    modified. Instead, there is a column for "date taken" (which is always
    blank -- no date at all), a column for tags (also blank), and a column for
    rating (with five stars, none filled in). Programs that have been saved
    with "date taken" do not install correctly -- either there is an error
    message, or an empty window is opened.

    Can anyone explain what is going on here? Is this a discrepancy between XP
    and Vista, or do I have a serious problem?

    MaryL, Feb 7, 2008
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    PaulB Guest

    Date taken relates to photos. Right on a column and you can change to date
    PaulB, Feb 7, 2008
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    cheen Guest

    "date taken" is for photographs, when the "photograph was taken"...

    this information is embeded inside the photo itself in the form of meta

    this is usefull to know when a photo was taken (that may be different from
    the file modification or creation date)

    now why your programs have date taking I dont know..

    they should not since a program is not a photo.. lol
    cheen, Feb 7, 2008
  4. You're seeing the default details for a Photo folder.

    Right-click in the background of the folder & select 'Customize this
    folder', then select 'All Items' as the type of folder. You will then see
    the details you're familiar with.

    However, the type of template used for viewing the folder shouldn't have any
    effect on whether or not an executable can install that I know of.
    Keith Miller \(MVP\), Feb 7, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Mary.

    Vista's Windows Explorer has a feature that "sniffs" a few files in a folder
    and tries to guess whether that folder is full of document files, music
    files, photo files or whatever. Then it selects the template that fits that
    type of file.

    In my experience, on my computer, it does NOT always do a very accurate job!

    Like you, I often see an Explorer window with column headings that just
    don't match the actual files in that folder. When that happens, I have to
    click Organize (on the Command Bar), then Properties | Customize. On this
    page I can click the menu under "Use this folder type as a template" and
    change it from "Pictures and Videos" to "Documents" (for example) and then
    Apply or OK. The Documents template is the one that we are most accustomed
    to seeing; "All Items" is quite similar.

    I've not yet discovered (even though I've read about it in the Help file and
    other places) how to make my template choice "stick" across all the folders
    on my drives. I often find myself changing the setting again when I change
    to a different folder. :>(

    But when you look at a folder full of your photos, you might want to see
    Date Taken. You might also want to change Views from Details to Tiles or
    Large Icons for that folder. And then you might want to right-click on a
    column heading and select from the several dozens of possible column
    headings available to be displayed: Size, Subject, Album...and many more.

    Windows Explorer is highly customizable. The problem with being given
    choices is that we must then make those choices. If we don't then Vista has
    to make them for us - and sometimes makes the wrong choices. :>(

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, Feb 7, 2008
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    MaryL Guest

    Thanks, everyone. You solved my problem (and it was a big relief to learn
    that I didn't have a virus that caused this transformation). I'm new to
    Vista, and I quickly found the location to change view, etc. -- but I did
    not know to right-click and customize. I don't see any difference between
    "all files" and "documents," but both give me the information I want. Once
    I customized and could see "application," I was also able to install the
    program I wanted. However, I think that is still another result of not
    being familiar with Vista. Most programs have installed just as I expected
    from using XP, but this little program ("Cleaner," used to clean up extra
    characters from newsgroup messages) was a zip file, and it kept opening in
    nested folders before I finally got to an "application" location and could
    install it.

    MaryL, Feb 7, 2008
  7. Glad you got it sorted, Mary. The only difference between 'All Items' &
    'Documents' is that 'Documents' adds the 'Tags' column & has the preview
    pane displayed.

    Good Luck,

    Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Keith Miller \(MVP\), Feb 7, 2008
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