Enable Windows Photo Viewer On Windows 10


Windows 10 comes with many features and apps that makes your work easy and more convenient. Among these, an app named Photo is used to display your photos and contains the essential tools for editing, which is quite slow for previewing the images (for me at least).

We are very familiar with the application named Windows Photo Viewer in the earlier version of Windows , which we are missing in Windows 10, which seems to preview the images much faster than the Photo app. This tweak is applicable, if you have done fresh installation of Windows 10, otherise this option is still available, if you upgraded your PC from Windows 7 or 8.x.

You can’t just point images at a specific .EXE file to associate them with Windows Photo Viewer, either. Windows Photo Viewer is actually a part of a PhotoViewer.dll file, which Windows normally launches with rundll.

The steps given below will guide you through the process to enable and Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.

Step 1

We'll need to add some registry entry for Windows Photo Viewer to invoke Windows to use it. To do this, just download to enable Photo Viewer on Windows 10 (a registry tweak), which has been attached, download it, unzip it and double click on the .reg file and it will be added to your system.

Step 2

To set Windows Photo Viewer as your default Photo Viewer, right click on a type of image file, for example, a .png, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp file -> point to “Open with,” and select “Choose another app.”


Step 3

Click the “More apps” option, select Windows Photo Viewer in the list, check the “Always use this app to open .files” checkbox and click OK.

Windows Photo Viewer will now be the default Image Viewer for which you need to type image file. You’ll need to repeat this process for each type of the image file which you want to open with it. In other words, whenever you open an image that opens in Photos app, just close the Photos app and use the “Open with” menu to associate that file type with Windows Photo Viewer. You should only have to do this a few times.

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