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    Windows Photo Viewer - Restore in Windows 10

    Windows Photo Viewer - Restore in Windows 10

    How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10
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    How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Usually you could use Windows Photo Viewer to view your image files in a variety of ways. You can also print, order prints, attach pictures to an e‑mail message, burn, or open photos in another app on your PC.

    Windows 10 uses the Photos app as the default app to open image files with instead now. By default, Windows Photo Viewer is no longer listed in Open with, and only has .tiff files associated with it in Default Programs.

    This tutorial will show you how to restore Windows Photo Viewer to be able to select to open image files in Default apps, Default Programs, and Open with for only your account or all users in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Only Restore Windows Photo Viewer for Current Account
    • Option Two: To Restore Windows Photo Viewer for All Accounts


    EXAMPLE: Default and Restored Windows Photo Viewer
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    Windows Photo Viewer - Restore in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows Photo Viewer - Restore in Windows 10
    To Only Restore Windows Photo Viewer for Current Account

    Note   Note
    This option will only affect the account that you are currently signed in to.


    1. Do step 2 (restore) or step 3 (undo) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Restore Windows Photo Viewer for Only Your Account

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_CURRENT_USER.reg

    download


     3. To "Undo" Restore Windows Photo Viewer for Only Your Account

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Undo_Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_CURRENT_USER.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    8. If you selected to undo restore Windows Photo Viewer, then select a different app (ex: Photos) as the default app under Photo viewer in Settings. (see screenshot below step 9)

    9. If you selected to restore Windows Photo Viewer, then select "Windows Photo Viewer" as the default app under Photo viewer in Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    Windows Photo Viewer - Restore in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows Photo Viewer - Restore in Windows 10
    To Restore Windows Photo Viewer for All Accounts

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to restore Windows Photo Viewer using this option.

    This option will override Option One above.


    1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Restore Windows Photo Viewer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_ALL_USERS.reg

    download


     3. To Restore Windows Photo Viewer for All Users with Sort Order Fix

    Note   Note
    This option does the same as step 2 above, but allows you to view files in the same order that you arranged them in.

    This option does cause Windows Photo Viewer to be listed twice in Open with -> Choose an app.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_ALL_USERS_with_Sort_order_fix.reg

    download


     4. To "Undo" Restore Windows Photo Viewer for All Users

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Undo_Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_ALL_USERS.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    9. If you restored Windows Photo Viewer, then set this program as default for your account. Other users on the PC will also need to do this step if they want Windows Photo Viewer set as the default program in their account.

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Join Date : May 2015
    Oakville
    Posts : 21
    XP/7/8.1/10 PRO 10586
       2015-08-10 #1

    Thank you for this tutorial Brink as always.

    I am super angry at Microsoft right now. I'm starting to give up hope on 10
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,469
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-08-10 #2

    You're most welcome J.
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  3. Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 402
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP
       2015-08-10 #3

    Thank you very much, Brink, for enabling Windows Photo Viewer for all of us, again!
    I've checked it and it works fine.

    It's sad that we have to go through so many tweaks, manual settings and Registry changes to make Windows 10 function the way we knew, expected and desire. For example, last night I have enabled the Shuffle (of my desktop background images) in the Slideshow mode by going into the Registry (again) and modifying a value... For how long will I have to do this?

    I'd like to ask something else now: is there a tutorial on how to reset the Reliability History on Windows 10?
    I have used this tutorial but it does not clear it completely.

    Thank you!
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  4. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,469
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-08-10 #4

    Hello Joanne,

    I'm glad the tutorials have been able to help.

    I don't have a Windows 10 version for Reliability History yet.

    Be sure to send feedback to Microsoft about wanted features. The more they get, the better chance it may have of being added.

    Feedback - Send to Microsoft in Windows 10
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  5. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    64-bit Windows 10 Home Edition
       2015-08-10 #5

    Thank You very much for sharing your knowledge here Brink. I have found your solution to be straight forward and correct.
    Thanks again!
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  6. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,469
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       2015-08-10 #6

    I'm glad the tutorial could help Rob, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  7. Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10x64
       2015-08-11 #7

    Thanks for this Brink!
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  8. Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 402
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP
       2015-08-11 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Joanne,

    I'm glad the tutorials have been able to help.

    I don't have a Windows 10 version for Reliability History yet.

    Be sure to send feedback to Microsoft about wanted features. The more they get, the better chance it may have of being added.

    Feedback - Send to Microsoft in Windows 10

    Thank you, Brink!

    I am really (really) looking forward to your new tutorial on how to reset Windows 10 Reliability History - and eventually on how to clean the Event Viewer, even though I had success on that one.

    Thank you
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  9. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Tucson
    Posts : 17
    64-Bit Windows 10 Home
       2015-08-12 #9

    Thank you brink you’re a life saver.
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