Bring Back The Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a new Photos app that can play slideshows, display photos from OneDrive, and help you manage albums etc. That said it doesn’t exactly run smooth and some of us are missing the Windows photo viewer that we had grown so accustomed to in older versions of Windows. You might be wondering why Microsoft axed it but the good news is that it hasn’t been removed. It’s just hiding so well you might never ever find it. Here’s how you can get it back.

You will be making a small tweak in the registry. Copy the following to a notepad file and save it with the extension ‘reg’.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dll]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshellopen]
"MuiVerb"="@photoviewer.dll,-3043"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshellopencommand]
@=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_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshellopenDropTarget]
"Clsid"="{FFE2A43C-56B9-4bf5-9A79-CC6D4285608A}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshellprint]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshellprintcommand]
@=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_ROOTApplicationsphotoviewer.dllshellprintDropTarget]
"Clsid"="{60fd46de-f830-4894-a628-6fa81bc0190d}"

Next, right-click this file and select Merge.

Now, right-click an image and select the Open With option to browse for an app to open the image. You will now get see Windows Photo Viewer listed as an option. Select it and enjoy!

win10-photo-viewer-option

Here’s what it looks like in Windows 10;

Windows Photo Viewer

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Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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