Not sure how to submit this to Microsoft, so I'll post it here.
I was having an issue with Windows Photo Gallery in Vista SP1. When I would
double-click on an image file in one particular directory, nothing would
happen. I could open images in other folders just fine, and I could open
images in that particular folder using other programs just as Paint. If I
copied an image from that folder to another, it would open correctly in Photo
I finally managed to find the cause of the problem, an Internet shortcut in
the same folder. If I removed it from the folder, the images would open
correctly again. When I moved the link back, the problem would occur again.
Any folder into which I would put the shortcut would become unable to open
images in Windows Photo Gallery.
The only thing that was unusual about the shortcut was that the URL was
extremely long, a Google Maps link. The specific link was
I tried editing the shortcut to make the URL shorter, and the problem went
away. When I recreated the shortcut with a long URL, the problem reoccured.
I have tried this with other addresses, though I haven't tried to determine
the exact length of URL that causes a problem.
To summarize: In Vista, SP1, if a folder contains images and an Internet
Shortcut to a long URL, Windows Photo Gallery will fail to open images within
that folder. The problem is reproduceable.