John E. from Ontario, Canada writes:
Just starting to use WIN 8.1. I have some photos on a SD card and a Sony memory stick. How do I transfer the pixs off the cards and onto my PC. It seemed a lot easier with XP. Keep up the good work.
Good news, John. It’s not complicated at all. First of all, put your card or memory stick into your computer or a card reader that you have plugged in to your computer. Windows 8.1 should detect the card and put up this notice:
Tap or click on the notice and you’ll be offered a choice of what you’d like to do with the card. Since you want to import photos, choose Import photos or videos. The photos will automatically be imported into your photos file into a folder named with the date of the import.
If your computer doesn’t recognize the memory card immediately, type This PC in the Search Charm and then click or tap on the icon.
Your memory card or stick should be displayed as a removable drive. On my PC, it shows as D because my computer doesn’t have a DVD drive. On yours it could be E or F or another letter depending on the number of drives in use.
Click or tap on the drive to see its contents. You can then drag and drop the files you wish to transfer into a file on your PC or you can copy and paste. I’d suggest making a file for the photos first in your Pictures folder. That way you’ll keep all of your folders together.