Activate Windows Photo Viewer Trên Windows 10

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UpdatedAquảng cáo 3, 20trăng tròn, 2:42 pm EDT| 3 min read
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Windows 10 uses the new Photos ứng dụng as your default image viewer, but many people still prefer the old Windows Pholớn Viewer. You can get Photo Viewer bachồng in Windows 10, though. It’s just hidden.

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


The Problem

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

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If you navigate to lớn the Default apps pane in Settings, you won’t even see Phokhổng lồ Viewer as an option. The old “Default Programs” Control Panel tiện ích isn’t much help, either. Open it up và you can only make Photo lớn Viewer the mặc định 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 file to lớn associate them with Phokhổng lồ Viewer, either. Photo Viewer is actually part of a DLL file named “PhotoViewer.dll” và doesn’t have a separate executable tệp tin associated with it.

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So, how vì you get Pholớn Viewer back? By firing up our old friover Registry Editor, of course. And after you vày that, you can phối it as your mặc định photo lớn ứng dụng.

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Step One: Enable Photo lớn Viewer in the Registry

We’ll need lớn add 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. To make things easy, we’ve put together a Registry hack you can use khổng lồ make these edits quickly because they’re a little cumbersome lớn make manually. Download và unzip the following file:

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

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

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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 lớn go ahead & set Windows Pholớn Viewer as your default image-viewing application in all the usual ways.

Step Two: Set Windows Phokhổng lồ 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—và select xuất hiện With > Choose Another App.

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In the “How vày you want to open this file?” window, select Windows Photo Viewer. If you don’t see it at first, scroll to lớn the bottom of what’s listed và clichồng the “More apps” option—it’ll show up. Select the “Always use this app to open .___ 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-cliông xã the type of image tệp tin you want khổng lồ change (for example, a PNG, JPEG, GIF, or BMPhường. file) và select “Properties” to lớn open the Properties window. On the General pane, click the “Change” button to lớn the right of “Opens With” and select Windows Phokhổng lồ Viewer.

Windows Phokhổng lồ Viewer will now be the mặc định image viewer for that type of image tệp tin. You’ll need to 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 phầm mềm, just cthua kém the Photos phầm mềm and use the “mở cửa with” thực đơn to associate that file type with Windows Phokhổng lồ Viewer. You’ll only have khổng lồ do this the first time you open each new type of image file.

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


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