Windows 10: Is Windows Photo Viewer gone? Solved

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  1. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       25 Jul 2015 #11

    It is a tricky one if you have updated from preview versions and not from Windows 8 or 7. In that case, your registry associations might be preserved.

    The good news is that it is still in \Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer.
    The bad news is that the Windows Photo Viewer is only associated with tiff files it seems, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

    I can only suggest that you go to Microsoft Answers, make a fuss and see if one of the MS agents there can give you a registry fix.

    The other tricky thing, is that Windows Photo Viewer is not an executable program, but a dll that is invoked only by clicking on one of its associated files - in your case or mine, a .tif or .tiff file.

    There is a Kludge: rename one of your image files in your image folder in the following way image.png -> image.tif and you will find that it opens in Windows Photo Viewer when clicked. Then you can click next or previous and scroll through ALL of your image files in that folder. Make a shortcut to that image.tif file, and put it on your desktop, rename it photo viewer, and you will be able to scroll through all your photos there, or run a slide show etc.
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  2. Posts : 162
    trying to install win10
       25 Jul 2015 #12

    Interesting work around.

    I unchecked one of the options during installation, can't remember what it was called - something about using "apps".

    That seems to have made image files open in paint by default ( except tif which opens in photoviewer).

    From Fafhrd post it seems photoviewer is capable of opening most images, but MS do not want you to.
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  3. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       25 Jul 2015 #13

    Beta software - its why we are here, and not playing on the beach.
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  4.    25 Jul 2015 #14

    It is still there.. I can find it and use it with no effort.
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  5. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       25 Jul 2015 #15

    Yes, Jeff, it's still there for everyone, but it seems to be broken in clean installs and probably works fine if you have upgraded from 7 or 8, since your file associations will have carried over.
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  6. Posts : 8,494
    Windows 10 Professional
       25 Jul 2015 #16

    Copy the following code into notepad and save it as a .reg file then merge it. Should fix the issue.

    See also: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open]
    "MuiVerb"="@photoviewer.dll,-3043"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,72,00,75,00,\
    6e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,22,00,25,\
    00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,\
    25,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,20,00,50,00,68,00,6f,\
    00,74,00,6f,00,20,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,65,00,72,00,5c,00,50,00,68,00,\
    6f,00,74,00,6f,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,\
    00,22,00,2c,00,20,00,49,00,6d,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,\
    5f,00,46,00,75,00,6c,00,6c,00,73,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,65,00,6e,00,20,00,25,\
    00,31,00,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\DropTarget]
    "Clsid"="{FFE2A43C-56B9-4bf5-9A79-CC6D4285608A}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\print]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\print\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,72,00,75,00,\
    6e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,22,00,25,\
    00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,\
    25,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,20,00,50,00,68,00,6f,\
    00,74,00,6f,00,20,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,65,00,72,00,5c,00,50,00,68,00,\
    6f,00,74,00,6f,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,\
    00,22,00,2c,00,20,00,49,00,6d,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,\
    5f,00,46,00,75,00,6c,00,6c,00,73,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,65,00,6e,00,20,00,25,\
    00,31,00,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\print\DropTarget]
    "Clsid"="{60fd46de-f830-4894-a628-6fa81bc0190d}"
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Nov 2015 at 12:24. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  7. Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
    Thread Starter
       25 Jul 2015 #17

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    It is a tricky one if you have updated from preview versions and not from Windows 8 or 7. In that case, your registry associations might be preserved.

    The good news is that it is still in \Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer.
    The bad news is that the Windows Photo Viewer is only associated with tiff files it seems, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

    I can only suggest that you go to Microsoft Answers, make a fuss and see if one of the MS agents there can give you a registry fix.

    The other tricky thing, is that Windows Photo Viewer is not an executable program, but a dll that is invoked only by clicking on one of its associated files - in your case or mine, a .tif or .tiff file.

    There is a Kludge: rename one of your image files in your image folder in the following way image.png -> image.tif and you will find that it opens in Windows Photo Viewer when clicked. Then you can click next or previous and scroll through ALL of your image files in that folder. Make a shortcut to that image.tif file, and put it on your desktop, rename it photo viewer, and you will be able to scroll through all your photos there, or run a slide show etc.
    This doesn't really solve the problem. I don't use WPV to view pictures in a slideshow. I use it to quickly view pictures and delete them as I get them off my camera.

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Beta software - its why we are here, and not playing on the beach.
    You're right. But we're a few days from release and this MAJOR bug is still present.

    Edwin said: View Post
    Copy the following code into notepad and save it as a .reg file then merge it. Should fix the issue.
    This didn't work. I still only have 2 file associations in the "Default Programs" panel.
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  8. Posts : 8,494
    Windows 10 Professional
       25 Jul 2015 #18

    bobjoe said: View Post
    ...This didn't work. I still only have 2 file associations in the "Default Programs" panel.
    Merge that file, then associate three or four file types with WPV, eg.: png, jpg, bmp, etc:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Then you should get the option to use WPV as default:

    Click image for larger version. 

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  9. Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
    Thread Starter
       25 Jul 2015 #19

    Edwin said: View Post
    Merge that file, then associate three or four file types with WPV, eg.: png, jpg, bmp, etc:



    Then you should get the option to use WPV as default:

    Hmm, I didn't do that but I just checked and I was able to select WPV from the "Open With" menu.

    Thanks, this is quite a relief. I can't believe MS is forcing people to use their "apps".

    Also, what exactly does your registry fix do?
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  10. Posts : 8,494
    Windows 10 Professional
       25 Jul 2015 #20

    bobjoe said: View Post
    ...Also, what exactly does your registry fix do?
    Unable to replace Photos app with Photo Viewer as default (10240).
    (Post #11)
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