Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack that displays thumbnails of RAW image files from over 120 different camera file formats. Once installed, the thumbnail images appear very quickly when the folder is opened in Explorer. Microsoft had a power tool for Windows XP Explorer and it was one feature I missed when I upgraded to Windows 7. I’m glad MS finally got this handy feature integrated into Explorer.
After loading the software you can plug in your camera to view your images or view the files already on our computer, or on any drive accessible via Windows Explorer. You must restart your computer after downloading and installing the codec.
Microsoft also offers other photo tools associated with Windows Live including Photo Gallery, you can create a JPEG copy of the RAW image to touch up with Photo Fuse and Panoramic Stitch! I haven’t downloaded the other features since I Adobe images editing products.