How to install windows picture and fax viewer

     
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UpdatedApr 3, 2020, 2:42 pm EDT| 3 min read
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Windows 10 uses the new Photos ứng dụng as your mặc định image viewer, but many people still prefer the old Windows Photo Viewer. You can get Photo Viewer back in Windows 10, though. It’s just hidden.

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If you upgrade a PC running Windows 7 or 8.1 to lớn Windows 10, Windows Photo Viewer will be available & you can mix it as your mặc định photo viewer if you want. However, if you perform a clean installation of Windows 10—or buy a PC with Windows 10 already on it—you can’t access Photo Viewer at all. The interesting thing is that Photo Viewer is still there. It’s just hidden & you’ll have to lớn make a couple of Registry edits to have it show up. After you vày that, you can then phối it as your mặc định photo viewer.


The Problem

For whatever reason, Microsoft opted not lớn include the Registry keys that enable access lớn Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10. Those keys are kept in place if you nâng cấp from a previous version of Windows, but they aren’t created during the installation of Windows 10. Microsoft really wants you to 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 Photo Viewer as an option. The old “Default Programs” Control Panel ứng dụng isn’t much help, either. Xuất hiện it up and you can only make Photo Viewer the mặc định association for .tif & .tiff files—not other types of images.

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

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So, how vị you get Photo Viewer back? By firing up our old friend Registry Editor, of course. Và after you vị that, you can phối it as your mặc định photo app.

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Step One: Enable Photo Viewer in the Registry

We’ll need to địa chỉ cửa hàng the same registry entries that were present on Windows 7 & 8.1, and are still present on systems that upgraded from those old versions of Windows. Lớn make things easy, we’ve put together a Registry hack you can use to lớn make these edits quickly because they’re a little cumbersome to lớn make manually. Tải về and unzip the following file:

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

Inside, you’ll find two hacks. Run the “Activate Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10” hack to create the keys and values in the Registry and activate Photo Viewer. & 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 khổng lồ deactivate it in the Registry. You can always leave it available and just associate your image files with a different app.

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Note: A big thanks to 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 khổng lồ go ahead & set Windows Photo Viewer as your default image-viewing application in all the usual ways.

Step Two: mix Windows Photo Viewer as Your default Image Viewer

To associate an image tệp tin with Photo Viewer, right-click any type of image file—for example, a .png, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp file—and select open With > Choose Another App.

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In the “How bởi vì you want to mở cửa this file?” window, select Windows Photo Viewer. If you don’t see it at first, scroll to the bottom of what’s listed and click the “More apps” option—it’ll show up. Select the “Always use this ứng dụng to mở cửa .___ files” option, & then click “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 it: First, right-click the type of image file you want to change (for example, a PNG, JPEG, GIF, or BMP file) & select “Properties” to mở cửa the Properties window. On the General pane, click the “Change” button to lớn 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 file. You’ll need to lớn repeat this process for each type of image file you want to lớn use it with. In other words, whenever you xuất hiện an image that opens in the Photos app, just close the Photos app & use the “Open with” menu lớn associate that tệp tin type with Windows Photo Viewer. You’ll only have to vị this the first time you xuất hiện each new type of image file.

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


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