You need to install the iCloud control panel on your computer to obtain the photos from Photostream. There is no need to connect the phone to your computer to do this.
iCloud Control Panel for Windows:
Hope this helps.
Thank you for replying. I do not want to download all the photos from my photostream, I simply want to download 20 of the many that are in the photostream album of the iphone. I think what you're suggesting would only work for pictures that are still in the cloud's photostream (<30 days old), and wouldn't work for the older ones even though they're on the iphone. I also don't want future pictures to be downloaded.
Apologies for the misunderstanding.
However there can not be any photos in your photostream older than 30 days, as after this period they are deleted automatically from iCloud. If the photos are visible in the photostream album, but you have deleted them from your camera roll, then they will have to be emailed. This appears to be your best option, as you don't want future photos to be downloaded. You can multi-select the photos and then send them in a single email.
I've had my iPhone 4S since it came out. Photo Stream was working great up until May 7th. It stopped syncing from my phone to PC. I've tried everything under the sun to remedy this but to no avail. Glad I'm not the only one having issues. Hopefully there is a solution soon. I really miss having the easy access of my photos on my PC.
More Reviews: How to transfer or copy photos from iPhone to PC
iTunes doesn't transfer photos from iPhone to computer, except to include them as part of your overall iPhone backup. There are instructions for copying photos from iPhone to a computer on Apple website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083
If you want to do it in a fast way, iPhone Photo to Computer Transfer can help you. iPhone Photo to Computer Transfer can manage your iPhone content, and import and export files from iPhone to computer. And it also supports photo transfer from your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPod to your computer.
I figure it out by the following way,
1. open my photo stream in iPhone;
2. click edit in up right corner, select the pictures you would like to export to computer;
3. click save in bottom, name the new albumn.
4. plug your iphone to pc, open the internal storage, you will see the pictures you selected are there!
I know the way to copy photos from photostream to computer:
Go to Photos on your iPhone > Albums > My Photo Stream.
Then choose the photos you want to transfer, tap the share button at the lower left corner, choose "Save Image".
Next connect your iPhone to computer to transfer photos from iPhone to computer as usual.