Bring Back The Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10

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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_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open]
"MuiVerb"="@photoviewer.dll,-3043"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\command]
@=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_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\DropTarget]
"Clsid"="{FFE2A43C-56B9-4bf5-9A79-CC6D4285608A}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\print]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\print\command]
@=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_ROOT\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\print\DropTarget]
"Clsid"="{60fd46de-f830-4894-a628-6fa81bc0190d}"

Next, right-click this file and select Merge.

win10-photo-viewee

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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  • is it possible to make their new photo viewer to zoom pics with mouse scroll? Just like the old photo viewer.

  • APNBUSTER

    Can you bring us the reg key file?

    • Lucky Bhumkar

      Just copy above code in notepad and save it as “xyz.reg”. Done..! (please keep double quote while saving the file, otherwise notepad will save it with .txt file)

  • Dennious

    Thank you a lot.

  • Thanks. It worked.

  • Jai

    It worked for me, thanks mate.

  • SeppWinkler

    I have it as a possibility when choosing default application with no trick. Upgraded from 8.1.

    • Jary Mane

      Me too, upgrading from Win7. Had to expand the immediately selectable options to get the full list, but it was there and it worked okay.

  • Sakura

    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks alot dear

  • Steve Brain

    Beautiful, thanks heaps ๐Ÿ˜€
    By the way, need to do “Open with” and then “More apps” to bring up the Windows Photo Viewer option. Doesn’t mention that little tid bit ๐Ÿ˜›

  • scala

    how to change Windows Photo Viewer border from blue to black?

  • kronos0316

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hello

    How do I undo it?

  • Pat

    Can we delete the newly-created .reg file after we do this?

  • Neo NiGHTS ยฎ

    Hi! I know this post is three months old but I hope someone can help me! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’ve just upgraded to Windows 10 and, fortunately, as for November update, I didn’t have to edit any registry file to have my Photo Viewer Back.

    BUT…. there’s still a big but: the current Photo Viewer only shows the picture on an alphabetical order and not in the order the pictures are inside the folder!

    Let’s say in my folder I have the pictures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 but they are, inside the folder, in this order: 1, 5, 3, 2 & 4. The old PV would, simply, show my pictures in the same order that they were inside the folder. But now it insists in going on the alphabetical (or, in this case, numerical) order.

    Any helps on that??

    Thanks!

    • I hadn’t noticed this new behavior in Windows 10 post the Nov 2015 update. I’ll check it out and get back to you if I find anything.

      • Neo NiGHTS ยฎ

        Thanks a lot!

        I’m impressed how MS would even bother to change such small things (but very annoying to the user when the user notices that feature/function isn’t there any more).

  • GaviaO

    Thank you so much!!

  • ChristianFoxs2025

    Windows 10 Windows Photo Viewer (Color Yellow)? What

  • UnstoppablePigeon

    You’re legends! I hate some of the new W10 inbuild programs.

  • Faizan Khalid

    thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ it worked

  • David Henderson

    Thank you very very much, that is so cooool (Y) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Zero

    Thanks m8

  • Mario Manlupig

    It doesn’t work. Its says: “The specified file is not a registry script. You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor.” Please help. Thank you.