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How to Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

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Previous versions of Windows use Windows Photo Viewer to view photos. In Windows 10, it uses a new Photo App to view photos. Photo App is amazing and it does a good job to edit and organize photos.

But for some, they still find Windows Photo Viewer more comfortable especially for those who only wants to view Photos than editing it.

Fortunately, Windows 10 havent abandoned Windows Photo Viewer. It is just disabled by default. You need to make some changes in registry to enable it.
Enable Windows Photo Viewer Windows 10

Here is how to enable windows phot viewer in Windows 10

  1. Open Registry

    Press Windows Key + R for Run window. Type regeditEnable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

  1. Browse to Registry location

    Go to the following location
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows Photo Viewer \ Capabilities \ FileAssociations

  1. Create a New String Value

    On the right pane, click open area, select New -> String Value
    Enable Windows Photo Viewer Windows 10

  2. Name the string value and set value data

    Name given to String value is the file extension name for which you need Windows Photo Viewer support. For eg. .jpg ,.png, .bmp etc.
    Value data is always PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff
    Close Registry
    Enable Windows Photo Viewer Windows 10

  1. Check if you have Windows Photo Viewer Support

    After making change, now right click on an image, check if you have Windows Photo Viewer listed. You can also make it the default image viewer.
    Note: If you don’t have the Windows Photo Viewer after making the changes, restart explorer or restart computer. After restart you should have Windows Photo Viewer.
    Enable Windows Photo Viewer Windows 10

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

{ 1 comment… add one }
  • brian Oct 24, 2016, 8:09 am

    Hi Anup,

    Thanks for the explanation….

    I got same problem before few months and then I try KrojamSoft PhotoViewerPro & I believe that was awesome experience for me.

    Keep Going….

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