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I have photos on my network drive that I want to display (in live tiles preferably in the photo app).

Under c:\users\paul\pictures I have made a link to them, using mklink /d:

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And this works fine in classic:

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But nothing appears in the

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I am guessing that this is an issue with indexing - the photos won't appear until they are indexed, and Windows won't normally index a network drive (unless you make it "available offline, which just copies the files locally) - but this is exactly what the mklink was supposed to work around, and the properties show it is indexable:

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Any ideas?

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A Photos app team member has reported this as not present. – Tom Wijsman Oct 23 '12 at 2:20

On the Building Windows 8 blog it has been reported that Photos will receive an update for this:


  • Crop and rotate photos
  • New auto-curated collage slideshows
  • View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups
  • Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop

Source: Building Windows 8 - Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8

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Cool, so there will be another source we can add in photos app that will include network drives. I am still curious why the mklink approach doesn't work as a workaround though. – Paul Oct 23 '12 at 2:45
@Paul: WinRT is a re-implementation, they probably didn't implement symlink support yet. – Tom Wijsman Oct 23 '12 at 13:20
This isn't WinRT Tom, it is standard Windows 8. – Paul Oct 23 '12 at 20:33
Windows 8 uses WinRT for the Metro-style applications, feel free to read up although the first sentence there already suffices: Windows Runtime, or WinRT, is a cross-platform application architecture on the Windows 8 operating system. and clarified later: Applications developed using WinRT for Windows 8 were described by Microsoft as being Metro-style apps. – Tom Wijsman Oct 23 '12 at 20:59
Ooops, my apologies - I thought you meant the RT version. I am used to the kernel and filesystem mediating access to files, and so dealing with symlinks and such. I wasn't expecting that the gui runtime would participate. – Paul Oct 23 '12 at 22:51

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