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UpdatedApr 3, 20đôi mươi, 2:42 pm EDT| 3 min read
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Windows 10 uses the new Photos tiện ích as your mặc định image viewer, but many people still prefer the old Windows Photo Viewer. You can get Photo lớn Viewer baông xã in Windows 10, though. It’s just hidden.

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If you tăng cấp a PC running Windows 7 or 8.1 lớn Windows 10, Windows Phokhổng lồ Viewer will be available and you can set it as your default pholớn viewer if you want. However, if you perkhung a clean installation of Windows 10—or buy a PC with Windows 10 already on it—you can’t access Phokhổng lồ Viewer at all. The interesting thing is that Photo lớn Viewer is still there. It’s just hidden and you’ll have sầu lớn make a couple of Registry edits lớn have sầu it show up. After you vị that, you can then phối it as your mặc định phokhổng lồ viewer.


The Problem

For whatever reason, Microsoft opted not lớn include the Registry keys that enable access to lớn Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10. Those keys are kept in place if you tăng cấp from a previous version of Windows, but they aren’t created during the installation of Windows 10. Microsoft really wants you khổng lồ open all those image files in its new Photos app, instead.

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If you navigate lớn the Default apps pane in Settings, you won’t even see Phokhổng lồ Viewer as an option. The old “Default Programs” Control Panel phầm mềm isn’t much help, either. Open it up & you can only make Photo lớn Viewer the default association for .tif and .tiff files—not other types of images.

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You also can’t simply point image files at a specific .exe cộ tệp tin to associate them with Photo Viewer, either. Pholớn Viewer is actually part of a DLL tệp tin named “PhotoViewer.dll” & doesn’t have a separate executable file associated with it.

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So, how bởi vì you get Pholớn Viewer back? By firing up our old friend Registry Editor, of course. And after you vì that, you can phối it as your mặc định pholớn tiện ích.

Step One: Enable Phokhổng lồ Viewer in the Registry

We’ll need khổng lồ add the same registry entries that were present on Windows 7 and 8.1, và are still present on systems that upgraded from those old versions of Windows. To make things easy, we’ve put together a Registry hachồng you can use to make these edits quickly because they’re a little cumbersome to make manually. Download and unzip the following file:

Activate-Windows-Photo-Viewer-on-Windows-10

Inside, you’ll find two hacks. Run the “Activate Windows Photo lớn Viewer on Windows 10” hack to lớn create the keys and values in the Registry và activate Photo lớn Viewer. And if you ever want lớn deactivate it, just run the “Deactivate Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10 (Default)” hack. Of course, there’s no real need lớn deactivate it in the Registry. You can always leave sầu it available & just associate your image files with a different tiện ích.

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Note: A big thanks lớn nexus over at TenForums for locating the required registry settings.

And remember—this step is only necessary if you’re using a fresh Windows 10 system. If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1, you should be able to go ahead và phối Windows Photo Viewer as your default image-viewing application in all the usual ways.

Step Two: Set Windows Photo Viewer as Your Default Image Viewer

To associate an image tệp tin with Pholớn Viewer, right-clichồng any type of image file—for example, a .png, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp file—& select Open With > Choose Another App.

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In the “How bởi vì you want to open this file?” window, select Windows Photo Viewer. If you don’t see it at first, scroll to the bottom of what’s listed and clichồng the “More apps” option—it’ll show up. Select the “Always use this ứng dụng to open .___ files” option, và then cliông xã “OK.”

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Update: If the “Choose Another App” option doesn’t work for some reason, here’s another way you can vì chưng it: First, right-click the type of image tệp tin you want khổng lồ change (for example, a PNG, JPEG, GIF, or BMP. file) & select “Properties” to open the Properties window. On the General pane, cliông chồng the “Change” button khổng lồ the right of “Opens With” và select Windows Photo Viewer.

Windows Photo Viewer will now be the mặc định image viewer for that type of image tệp tin. You’ll need lớn repeat this process for each type of image tệp tin you want to lớn use it with. In other words, whenever you open an image that opens in the Photos tiện ích, just cchiến bại the Photos ứng dụng and use the “Open with” menu to associate that file type with Windows Pholớn Viewer. You’ll only have lớn bởi vì this the first time you open each new type of image file.

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Obviously, we can’t guarantee that Microsoft will keep access to lớn Phokhổng lồ Viewer around forever. But for now, at least, it’s still there—even if you have to put in a little work to lớn find it.


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade & was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The Thành Phố New York Times, been interviewed as a công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets lượt thích the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have sầu been read nearly one billion times---& that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »