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How to Get Windows Photo Viewer Back in Windows 10?

Windows 10’s new Photos app has a lot of new features as an image editing tool. Well, if you don’t want to pay for costly image editing tools such as Photoshop or lightroom, this little tool can assist you – up to an extent.

But many of the habitual Windows users are against one action from Microsoft – that replaced Windows Photo Viewer as the default application to open images. It’s the new Photos app that replaced Windows Photo Viewer. And unfortunately, there are no easy ways to roll back this action. But, you can do it, if you’re willing to take some risk.

I’ve Upgraded from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10

If you’ve upgraded from any of the previous Windows versions to Windows 10, things won’t be the disfavor to you. Just search for Windows 10 Settings. Once you have entered settings menu, choose System option. There you can find Default Apps tab. From here, it’s possible to change the default Photo Viewer from Photos to Windows Photo Viewer.

get windows photo viewer back in windows 10

Change to Windows Photo Viewer and exit menu. That’s it, now all the image files will be opened with Windows Photo Viewer by default.

I’ve Done a Fresh Windows 10 Install/Purchased a Windows 10 PC

If your situation is like this, you need to do some registry tweaks to get Windows Photo Viewer on your PC. Here’s how to do that.

  • Copy the following code into a notepad and save it as a .reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.jpg]

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

 

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.jpeg]

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

 

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.gif]

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

 

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.png]

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

 

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.bmp]

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

 

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.tiff]

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

 

 

; Change Extension's File Type

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.ico]

 

@="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

  • Double-click on the newly created word file to add into Windows Registry.
  • Now you can see that your default program to open image files has changed to Windows Photo Viewer. You can even revert back to Photos app whenever you want by going into default program settings.

Also Read: What Everyone Ought to Know About Image Resolution

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As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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