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Windows Photo Gallery wmv file will NOT shuffle!

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I'm running Windows Vista and used Windows Photo Gallery to make a wmv file.  Imported pictures and made a nice slide show, just pictures, no audio.  All is well and good until I try the shuffle button.  No joy.  Does anyone know how to make a slide show shuffle in Windows Photo Gallery?  The slide show runs from start to finish but never shuffles.

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Gregg DesElms earned 500 total points
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Do you mean "Windows Photo Gallery" or "Windows Live Photo Gallery"?

The latter is much newer, and a bit more feature-rich... including slide show shuffle capability... but only within the Live Photo Gallery application itself; and only as long as each of the images in the slideshow remain separate files on the hard drive.  In such cases, the Live Photo Gallery application simply displays however many graphic files it finds (or which you specify), one by one, each technically separately even though they all, as a group, appear when displayed as a slideshow within the Photo Gallery application to be a continuous symphony of interrelated images arranged into a nice slideshow presentation.  They're still all separate files, and so Photo Gallery can display them however you want... including shuffled and, therefore, seemingly randomly.

However, you specified that the islideshow is a finished .WMV file... which means that the slideshow is no longer a bunch of separate image files on the hard drive which can be randomly selected and shuffled at will by the Photo Gallery application... or by any other application, for that matter.  Rather, if the slideshow is a finished WMV file, then all the images have been combined into a finished, linear/sequential MOVIE file that can only be displayed/played just like any other motion picture-type movie/video file.  In WMV files, the fade-in/out or whatever transitions there are between images, and how long each image appears, and the order in which the images appear is all fixed, permanently, within the Photo Gallery application just prior to WMV file creation; and then said application writes that fixed file order, length-of-appearance-per-image, and image-to-image transitions to the WMV file to create a linear program that's no different in terms of its behavior (though, internally, actually, it's different in terms of its performance) from any other motion-picture-type movie.  Like any other movie, it can be fast forwarded, or rewound, or paused, or sped-up or slowed-down during playback...

...but the individual images which combine to make-up the entire presentation cannot be randomized during playback... at least not by any of the Photo Gallery products, or the Windows Media Player...

...and if you'll notice it's the Windows Media Player (and not the "Windows Photo Gallery" application) that is used to playback the finished WMV file at the completion of said WMV file's creation in "Windows Photo Gallery."  

Once it's a WMV file, it's a bona fide movie... just like any other movie.  As such, it can be played in any media player that's capable of playing WMV-formatted movie/video files... including and especially the Windows Media Player... but other players can do it, too.  

There's a not-terrific, but at-least-competent article about the .WMV file format on Wikipedia at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media_Video
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Thanks for a very complete answer!  Much appreciated!
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