As of 2014, although most scanners come with scanning software, Windows Fax and Scan allows you to scan a picture without the software. Set the resolution and the file type, and then click Scan. You need a scanner and Windows 7 or later.

  1. Place the photo on the flatbed

    Place the photo on the glass flatbed of the scanner, and ensure the photo is squared against the corner.

  2. Open Windows Fax and Scan

    Click the Start button, and locate Windows Fax and Scan in the All Programs list. Click the program to open it.

  3. Open a new scan

    Click the Scan button in the lower left-hand corner of the start screen of Windows Fax and Scan. Select New Scan.

  4. Select the scanner

    If your scanner is not appearing at the top of the New Scan screen, click the Change button and select the scanner.

  5. Configure the basic settings

    Select Photo in the Profile drop-down menu. Select your scanner type as the source.

  6. Configure the quality settings

    Use Color or Grayscale as the color format. Set the file type to TIF or PNG, and set the resolution to 300 DPI.

  7. Scan the image

    Scan the photo, and save it as a TIF or PNG image.