Windows Vista's photo viewer is REALLY bad. Colors are off, and zooming is terrible.
Is it possible to use Windows XP's photo viewer?
How's Windows 7's photo viewer? Does it have the same problems?
Yeah, Vista dumped the 'Camera and Scanner Wizard' that had been in place since Windows ME and a carryover to XP. We use this free Adobe software to compensate for Vista's poor photo viewer solution. I think Adobe 'stole' it from M$. Or maybe the other way around. At any rate, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition is free and is a great solution for the Vista 'missing' XP carryover Camera and Scanning Wizard.
I think what OP misses with Vista is the XP Camera and Scanner wizard. When a digital camera is plugged in to XP, the wizard appears and is so easy to organize and work with. Vista's solution is complicated and simply does not work as well period. The Adobe Photoshop Album starter kit software I linked is very similiar to XP's Camera and Scanner wizard. The digital pictures from a camera can be directly input from USB connection into the software and organized from there. Like XP's C & S Wizard. Very similiar.