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How to Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

There are some default apps in Windows for every program which user can select according to his desire. There are many Apps of Photo Viewer but mostly users like Windows Photo Viewer because it is very simple and easy to use. It isn’t activated by default when you download the Windows. So users need to activate/enable it. There are more than one ways to do this. Just follow the below steps to enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.

Install and Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

Sometimes “Windows Photo Viewer” is not present in list of photo viewers so it means the registry of it, is missing in your Windows. You need to add it

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Double click the “.reg” to add it to your Windows registry.

Now Registry of Windows Photo Viewer will be added. You need to make it as default now, for this go to Control Panel\Default Programs\Set Default Programs. Find the Windows Photo Viewer from the list and after selecting it, click on “Set This Program as Default”. Now you are done.

Install Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10

Install Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10

Now right click on any picture and select “Open with” and now select “Windows Photo Viewer” from list. Now your every photo will  open in “Windows Photo Viewer” by default.

Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

Check the box of “Always use this app to open .png files” so now you don’t need to tell your system again and again to use “Windows photo Viewer” to use as default photo viewer.

For every format, when you open it for first time, you need to select “Windows Photo Viewer” for that particular format as default.  And next time it will open auto in “Windows Photo Viewer”. As in above shot my picture was in PNG format that’s why it said “Always use this app to open .png files”.

The format of photo can be “JPEG/JFIF, Exif, TIFF, GIF, BMP, PNG, PPM, PGM, HDR, BPG or any other.If you don’t add .reg file in your registry, the “Windows Photo Viewer” will not be shown in list.

These all are easy and simple steps to activate “Windows Photo Viewer” as a default photo viewer. You can use any of above method to make “Windows Photo Viewer” default. I hope all steps are discussed clearly to understand every user.

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  • Lois March 22, 2021, 1:46 PM

    The one with the registration helped me.

    Thanks so much.

  • Abby August 23, 2019, 2:46 AM

    Gosh,thank you so so much for this info & for that link to download the registry file. This was so helpful, much much appreciated.

  • Rishabh Rawat June 25, 2019, 3:38 PM

    URL is not working says file not found

    • Usman Khurshid July 2, 2019, 12:32 PM

      Rishabh thanks for letting us know. I have fixed the link. Now it’s working fine.

  • nate February 12, 2019, 2:50 PM

    Amazing… works on win 10 1809

  • Tong Hong January 1, 2019, 4:10 PM

    Thank you for this helpful article. I recently purchased a new laptop with manufacture-installed Windows 10. Will this work? Or it’s only pertaining to upgrade from previous Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10? Thank you.

  • Joe December 15, 2018, 7:05 PM

    Does not work on the latest udpate of Windows 10

    • Usman Khurshid December 17, 2018, 5:20 PM

      Joe I have tested it on Windows 10 Version 1809 and it works perfectly fine. You just have to right click a photo, go to Open With, select Choose another app and then select Windows Photo Viewer from the list.

      • Dave January 26, 2019, 10:12 PM

        It’s not working for me. I had another windows 10 new laptop (Dell Inspiron) that worked fine following the steps listed. I returned that laptop for an XPS and now the steps don’t work. Any ideas?

  • cdr July 19, 2018, 2:06 AM

    Yeah it’s work……. Thank you…..

  • Nevena July 1, 2018, 4:13 AM

    I’ve added the file posted here, but after clicking at “Set your default programs” in Control panel I get the System setting app opens directly and over there I cannot see the list of available programs in order to enable it. Is there any other way to do this?

  • jl June 19, 2018, 8:11 AM

    So I tried again and now I can see window photo viewer, but it only includes photos that are in tiff format. I never use tiffs, so nope not helpful. thanks anyway.

  • jp June 19, 2018, 7:49 AM

    Nope it didn’t work. I downloaded it. followed the steps to add to registry, but when I go to set default apps, it is NOT there. how sad. any advice????????????? I hate the new photo viewer that comes with new windows 10 computers. it keeps closing all the photos I have open and making me start every project over and over………

    • Angelica December 15, 2018, 7:05 AM

      you shouldn’t go straight to “default apps settings”, you should find a jpg/png/jpeg file, right click, “open with”, “more apps”, check “always use this to open XX”, and click windows photo viewer~ do this with all of the file types you would like to open with windows photo viewer.

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