How to Find Duplicate Photos in Windows

Posted by Mayank on December 25, 2012 in How To,Windows

Digital cameras have created a revolution. Now digital cameras are available on every possible device and occasion. Now, we do not need to restrict ourselves to a taking a few snaps so that we do not run out of camera rolls. Now we take extra 5-10 photos for every possible excuse and take it in excess, just in case one goes wrong.

What we hardly realize is that we’ve created a monster – now we have too many photos or pictures to deal with. There are millions of images sitting in our computer or hard disk. Every time we import pictures from camera to computer and do not delete the images on the camera – we increase the possibility and most likely create a duplicate image when you perform the next import.

This Christmas break, I’ve decided to work on my digital pictures – remove duplicate and unwanted pictures and organize them. I own multiple computers, multiple hard disks, multiple devices with cameras and multiple cameras. I’ve ended up with millions of duplicate pictures. The first step is to remove the millions of duplicate images I have.

How to Find Duplicate Photos in Windows

1. The first step is to bring all your photos in one place. I decided to bring all my photos to my Windows computer. For illustration purpose, I’ll using one of the photos folders.

2. Download Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder. What I found is Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder is really awesome. It is a free powerful tool, that helps you to find and remove duplicate photos on your PC. With this program you can easily clean up your photo collection from duplicates or even similar images.

3. Requirements to install Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder.

  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/Windows 7
  • CPU: 400 MHz or greater
  • RAM: 512 MB or greater
  • 5 MB hard drive space available

4. Provide the path where photos are located and hit search.

find duplicate photos in windows

5. It will take a few minutes, depending on the number of photos you have. For this example, I used a folder which had 8663 files (including files in the subfolders).

6. The best part is that the end result provides photos and percent match. With similar photos, you get the option to delete photos, which though are not exactly the same, but are similar. See two photos below – first one is a 100% match and next one is a 23% match because of position of bird and water etc. Based on % match, you can decide whether you really need 2 similar photos or not.

find duplicate image in Windows

find duplicate image in Windows

I’ve tried several tools and found this one to the best free tool available. Happy cleaning!

If you’d like to suggest some other tool – please let us know in the comments below.

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