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Windows Photo Viewer 7 For Windows 7

Windows 7 has a default picture viewer called Windows Photo Viewer which is similar the one in Windows Vista. Even though Microsoft have changed the look and feel of Windows 7, Windows Photo Viewer has largely been untouched.

When you open any image in Windows Photo Viewer, you are reminded of Windows Vista. If you want to add a brand new eye-candy look so that it looks more like Windows 7, meet Windows Photo Viewer 7.

All it does is change the UI buttons of Windows Photo Viewer so that it looks more sexier. It doesn’t include an installation file, all you have to do is copy the PhotoViewer.dll file to the Windows Photo Viewer folder inside Program Files folder. But make sure you have the backup of the original PhotoViewer.dll file too, just in case you need to bring back the old look.

Before

Windows 7 default Photo Viewer

After

Windows Photo Viewer 7

The complete installation guide is given inside the ReadMe text document that comes with the package. It isn’t too difficult to install it. Go ahead and give it a try for a change.

Download Windows Photo Viewer 7

It is developed for Windows 7 only, both 32-bit and 64-bit files are given inside the package. Enjoy!

148 Comments

  1. Hey Jimbo i know this is an old conversation maybe you or maybe somebody else can help me. I am trying to print a contact sheet of pictures however one or more pictures always comes out rotated either clockwise or counter-clockwise to the rest of the photos. Are these particular photos rotated that way because they are a different size in proportion to the rest of these pictures? Is there a simple fix i can do so that these picutes all show up facing the same direction? Any answer would be of great help! Thanks.

  2. windows photo viewer has taken over my computer and will not let me open any programs. how do I turn it off or better yet get rid of it. none of the fixes listed above do anything to help me.

  3. I have a question!
    From the windows photo viewer how can you rotate photo? It can be done by opening up a word file copy and paste, but there should be a better way..
    help.

  4. From yesterday i am getting this when i try to open my jpeg files. very imp pics are there. please help.
    windows photo viewer can”t open this picture because either photo viewer doesn “t support this file format or you don”t have the latest updates to photo viewer.

  5. um i am having trouble viewing my Test Drive Unlimited 2 pics is say’s that it not the right format even though it’s a JPEG

  6. windows photo viewer can”t open this picture because either photo viewer doesn “t support this file format or you don”t have the latest updates to photo viewer.
    any one help pl z pl z

  7. Folks, I have same problems with my Window 7. I cannot view any pics or scanned docs. An attemp to open a scanned doc gives me a dialogue box saying that windows photo gallery cannot open the file because u might not have new update to photo gallery or the file may be corrupted. Even after updating it, the gallery, still the files cannot be opened. Can Microsoft not help us?

  8. Photo viewer 7 is NOT the same as Vista. With Vista when you start the slide show you have options on how you would like to view them, ie fade in fade out, pictures stack, zoom in zoom out, etc…
    There is only one option in photo 7 which is shuffle.

  9. Does anyone know how to permanently have the “Fit picture to frame” option unticked in the print options? I’m guessing a registry change?

  10. I’m hoping someone can answer this as my searches haven’t turned up one. Some pictures, not all but some don’t display properly in photo viewer for me. If I look at the picture preview in the folder or open the image in paint I can see it normally but if I try to open it with photo viewer the image doesn’t display. What I get is a smear of colour in a narrow vertical line.

    • I have the same problem except I have horizontal lines. I have tried to search for a solution but have come up empty handed.

  11. I don’t have the rotate view buttons active anymore on Windows photo viewer.  Some have and others not.  Download was done the same day.  Any tip you can give me to get these buttons activated again?

    Thanks

  12. Windows photo viewer can’t open this picture because either photo viewer doesn’t support this file format or I don’t have the latest updates to photo viewer.

  13. If my dog ever has mentally retarded puppies, I will definitely try to get them jobs with MicroSoft. The puppies will have a better chance of leaving great programs(Photo Viewer) alone and letting them function properly.

  14. I have window 7 attended a lecture recently and the lectures were put on the CD and distributed
    to student but when I try to revise the note I am told the photo viewer cannot support the pictures and down load video sent to me by my brother the same result was received. Please try to help me.

  15. I do this for a living(photographer) and this is the first time EVER getting screwed up like this.I’ve changed formats ,bitmaps, defaults, can’t find an UPGRADE so WTF!!!!!! I need to work!!!

  16. i have the same problem. i just lost a whole bunch of pictures because this stupid crap cant read my pictures…..you need to fix this asap. this is ridiculous! how am i supposed to enjoy this program with so many glitches ! and pictures are irreplaceable! especially when i am supposed to use a program to save them to my computer and it automatically deletes from my camera so i can take new pictures and have more fun! i am seriously irritated!

  17. iam using windows 7 home prememium, can not find any help with windows photoviewer on how to crop pics no manual online no telephone tech supportthat is not fee base it came on my computer with nothing on how to use it i am lost, can anybody help me and point me in the right direction

    • Windows Photo Viewer & Windows Live Photo Gallery are 2 different programs. Photo Viewer is more for printing Photos and Live Gallery is more for editing before you print.got ot microsoft and download them.

  18. I’ve been having the same problem since November, 2010. What the [bleep] is wrong with Microsoft? If there is an updated version of the Photo Viewer, why not give people a link?

    All of us need help here.

    I have over 800 photos I’m unable to view. grrr

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  20. When I try to open a picture file with Windows Photo Viewer, my computer goes all bluescreen and restarts. What the hell! I am running windows 7 premium. This sucks.

  21. I have windows 7 and cannot open some photos a window pops up saying I don’t have the updates to open this window. need direction.

  22. i have the same prob with some of you guys. i cant view certain images, it says i dont have the update version of photo viewer T__T how to solve this prob?

  23. iam using windows 7 home prememium, can not find any help with windows photoviewer on how to crop pics no manual online no telephone tech supportthat is not fee base it came on my computer with nothing on how to use it i am lost, can anybody help me and point me in the right direction

    • Windows Photo Viewer & Windows Live Photo Gallery are 2 different programs. Photo Viewer is more for printing Photos and Live Gallery is more for editing before you print.

  24. OK so in Vista, XP and other earlier Windows versions you could edit tags &c direct from Windows viewer. How the Hell do you do it now? Why do these people keep fixing things that don’t need fixing?
    (And if I need a PC program to be sexy, I’ll consult a psychiatrist!)

    • I agree. The Vista photo viewer was excellent and allowed editing of image tags, like comments, etc. This cut down viewer is rubbish.

  25. I’m not quite sure what people are having problems with. Its working perfectly for me. The only thing I can think of that I’ve done differently, than the readme file directs, was replacing both the x86 and x64 versions of the file.

    Currently running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, x64. Same core files as Windows 7, Aero enabled, Peak, all the goodies.

    Afterthought… People having issues, try opening the old PhotoViewer.dll and search for the following… Only copy whats between the “Quotes”, but not the quotes themselves. And report back. I’m not the developer, just curious. The versions are identical in both the original, and downloaded file for me. Good luck. =)

    “6 . 1 . 7 6 0 0 . 1 6 3 8 5 ( w i n 7 _ r t m . 0 9 0 7 1 3 – 1 2 5 5 )”

  26. i have windows 7 in my computer n windows live photos gallery but there are some photos that my computer is unable to open and a dialogue box appears saying that windows photo gallery cannot open the file because u might not have new update to photo gallery or the file may be corrupted. even i’ve tried to update the gallery n still the files cannot be opened. Can u suggest me any ideas?

    • buddy i am stuick eith youi cannot find any help with windows photoviewereith, if i do i wil post on this page

  27. hi why is it ma photo viewer cant open certain photos? it keeps askin for updates but still them irritating stupid problem persists. it cnt even open photos from a digicam. WATS THE MATTER Y’ALL?Frankly am tired of this.

    • some jpg format picture are not opened by my computer, i hope you can help me ovecome the problem

  28. try faststone image viewer (totally freeware). guarantee you’ll never use MS’s photo viewer or it’s gallery again (besides who want’s MS’s server to keep a copy of all your pics).

  29. i have windows 7 in my computer n windows live photos gallery but there are some photos that my computer is unable to open and a dialogue box appears saying that windows photo gallery cannot open the file because u might not have new update to photo gallery or the file may be corrupted. even i’ve tried to update the gallery n still the files cannot be opened. Can u suggest me any ideas?

    • My embroidery program has somehow got to be the default for the files that should be opened with windows photo viewer, when I try to reset the default , it tells me windows explorer has stopped running and will restart. I am unable to change the default

    • you can change the default program for types of files by;
      1. right click on the file
      2. on the menu that pops up, go to “Open With”
      3. on the new list of programs to choose from, at the bottom of the list is the “choose default program”
      4. on the next screen you have a choice of all the programs that are installed on your computer than should be able to open that particular type of file. If the program you are looking for isn’t on the list, you can choose browse and find the file manually.
      5. make sure there is a check in the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” 
      5. select ok when finished
      6. go back and double click the picture and the new program should open it. 
      7. Be patient

    • On old pc had photo viever new pc dont.my lovely picks some show som don`t pleas help?

  30. by the way,how do u crop an image using this windows photo viewer ?? earlier i had another one which had the option of fixing red eye,setting brightness,color and contrast n croppin the picture in vista….but aftr i installed windows 7 am not getting those options,instead u have to open the picture using paint n then crop or do whatever….
    So lemme know if any of you know it….

    • Windows Photo Viewer & Windows Live Photo Gallery are 2 different programs. Photo Viewer is more for printing Photos and Live Gallery is more for editing before you print. 

  31. there isnt an Fix/ autofix option in dis version of photoviewer..!! vista had dt..but i cundt find it in windows 7..!!!

  32. windows photo viewer can”t open this picture because either photo viewer doesn “t support this file format or you don”t have the latest updates to photo viewer.
    any one help pl z pl z

  33. windows photo viewer can”t open this picture because either photo viewer doesn “t support this file format or you don”t have the latest updates to photo viewer.
    any one help pl z pl z

  34. I have the same problem as haze
    and i don’t see it answered anywhere…

    I don’t have an option for window live photo gallery when I right click and select open with. there is paint, window media, and windows photo viewer. I also am trying to edit the red eye, crop, and so on.

    anybody have the solution?

  35. Once again the Microsoft morons have fixed some features and purposely disabled or broke other features just so we the public can spend billions of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ on Windows 8!!!

  36. when in windows photo viewer when i m watching a photo and i click on slide show or f11 then why it starts with a random photo and not with the selected photo only??? any one help….

    • slideshow will do all the pictures in the directory. you can always make a new directory and add only the files that you want in the slideshow into that directory.

  37. So I was here 4 days ago and don’t see anything posted or any replies to my question/s. Does anyone out there have ANY tips/ideas/solutions to this issue I’m having?? I’ll check back in a day or two and see. Thanks much! 🙂

  38. I just purchased a new emachine tower and EVERY time I go to open anything including the Internet I get a “Windows Live Messenger – Windows Photo Viewer” screen that pops up with this message: “Windows Photo Viewer can’t open this picture because either Photo Viewer doesn’t support this file format, or you don’t have the latest updates to Photo Viewer.” Anybody have any idea/s on how to fix this issue?

  39. I have a problem. Received a fax, via fax-email. The document is opened with Windows Photo Viewer. The fax has 4 pages. I only want to print 1 page. How can I select which one to print? I only want 1 page of the 4, and it is of letter size.

    • you can open many pictures in other programs besides photo viewer. picture formats vary .JPG .GIF .PGP .TIF .BMP .RIF .RAW .TGA .TIF .WMF are just some of the many types of picture types. Photo Viewer was designed for photos not faxes. your fax software should allow you to view the documents and the printer should allow you a “print selected” option for what to print. 

  40. Got a question/problem. Thinking I and gonna HATE the option for printing I now have with Windows Photo Viewer. I can’t seem to find any way that I can put more than one pic on a page to print. Who really needs 4 3×5 s of the same pic? I mean seriously, come on!! Thought Windows & was so user friendly…Well looks like I am gonna have to go out and buy a print program that will do what I need and want to do. Dang shame since I just had to get a new computer and can’t even do what I used to on my old one!! Anyone know how to fix my problem or have the same one???

    • This has me so flustered that i can’t even type good!!! Geez..I was meaning to say I now have Windows7.

    • OK this is simple. Best to have all the pictures you want to print in the same folder. 
      1. select the photos you want to print first. 
      2. click on the “print” button or right click on a selected photo and select print from the context menu. 
      3. Choose the size photo you want (this determines how many pictures print on one page). 
      4. Choose how many copies you want. 
      5. be sure to select the right paper type & size. 
      6 click print. 
      tada!

  41. Does anyone knowif there is a way to print photo paths when printing the photos? This used to be available in XP but can’t locate this function with 7.

  42. do windows photo viewer in win 7 ultimate 64-bit open .gif files ? ? ? ?

    i tink they dont open .gif files !!!!

  43. please help me.. i cant change my desktop background because it says that window photo viewer wallpaper is not written in my file directory i dont know what to do to change my desktop background pls.help me.. i use window 7.. thanks in advance for your response

  44. I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7. I do think the picture quality is better with Windows 7, but it has lost one of its best features; the ability to resize the photo using a mouse wheel. Is there any way to turn this back on?

    • my mouse wheel resizes the picture just like it always did. Did you know you can use photo viewer as a slide show too? Just hit F11 and all the files in the directory will slide thru.

    • The mouse wheel resize the picture, but before (winxp) the quality after resizing (more than 100%) was very good. Now its very bad. Also i think when i opened a gif animation in winxp the picture was moving. It doesnt do that in Win 7.

      I like the photo viewer, but these 2 things is annoying.

  45. were is window photo viewer 7 i check every thing and i can't fine it? all i see is hp media smart for photo. is that the one? or do i have to download window photo viewer? i have hp pavilion p 6210. hope you can help me on this.thank you

    • Windows Viewer is ONLY accessible by right clicking on a photo. On the context menu that appears, go to open with and the viewer should be listed there.

  46. I have a question about the windows photo viewer in Windows 7. In the Vista version of Photo Viewer, there was a 'info' button at the top and when you click this button while viewing photos you get the file name, tags, and rating on the right hand pane. In this mode you can easily flip through your photos and rename them and tag them as well.

    The Photo viewer in 7 is missing this 'info' button so you can no longer do this. To that point there is no easy way to rename your photos at all. While viewing photos in the viewer you have to right click the photo, select properties, and then the general tab, and then you can rename your photo.

    WHY DID MSFT TAKE THIS AWAY????????????????????

    • In photo viewer you can still access the properties of the photo by holding down
      “Alt + Enter” or you could click on “file” and go down to properties. Or if you want to get real savy; in the folder that your picture resides click on the “Organize” tab go to Layout and select the preview pane. (this works with many different type of documents besides pictures). By dragging the divider left or right you can change the size of the preview pane. The highlighted file in the left side will appear in the right side with out having to open any programs. you can still access the properties of the picture by hitting Alt + Enter. By the way, you can also use the thumbnail view as well. Good Luck

    • i cant stand worthless microsoft. they are always taking away features that i like. all of your options are subpar to the options that windows photo viewer had in vista

  47. I had windows 7 and I am trying to open web sites and it says windows does not support this site or you do not have updated windows photo viewer. Any one know what I am to down load?
    Thanks Sharon

    • Sharon did you ever get an answer to your question on windows photo viewer, on windows 7? I don’t know if you and I have the same problem but I can’t seem to open any of my web sites and I’ve lost all the icons to them . When I click on the Start button I can type in google in the search programs and files and I can get on the internet. But I’m not having any luck opening my e-mail. I get the same answer you got.

  48. hi, just wana know is it true that i can view pictures that were sent to be but cut in there original size? would anyone help ? many thanks

    • sorry but I don't understand the question. If you ever edit a picture, you should always do a “Save As” and give it a different name. This way you can always go back to the original picture if you decide you didn't care for your edit.

  49. what do you mean it is largely unchanged? They took away the “Fix” feature that allows you to get rid of red eye, crop quickly, then scroll to the next picture. Now it wants you to open up a separate program for that. I don't want to open up a bulky program to remove red-eye when I have 200 pictures to remove red-eye for. Any way to get the Vista version of this program back??

    • ok there are 2 different programs. one is windows photo viewer which has no edit features and the other is Windows Live Photo Gallery which has the features you are looking for. Right click on the photo and select “Open with” and choose windows live photo gallery” then click the fix button for the editable commands.

    • I don't have an option for window live photo gallery when I right click and select open with. there is paint, window media, and windows photo viewer. I also am trying to edit the red eye, crop, and so on.

    • Thank you, Jimbo, now that answers the question nicely.
      I agree with Greenleegazette that is is worse than the one in XP but then a lot of the interfaces are in Windows 7. Fortunately they still have good programmers at M/S if not GUI marketeers.

    • I JUST GET A COMPUTER WITH WINDOW 7 DOES IT HAVE WINDOW PHOTO VIEWER ON IT OR DO I HAVE TO DOWNLOAD WINDOW PHOTO VIEWER 7 ON IT

    • right click on a picture and go to “Open With” and see if “Windows Photo Viewer” is on the list.

    • I HAVE IN ALL START MENU SCREEN FOR WINDOW PHOTO VIEWER AND IT NOT THERE . I DO HAVE PROGRAM THAT IS HP MEDIA SMART PHOTO IS THAT IT OR DO I HAVE TO DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM.HOPE CAN HELP.

    • OMG!!! So I was so happy to reformat my computer w/ with Windows 7! Just when I think all is good, the “fix” button is missing. After going through gimp, paint and the crappy windows media center- I am at a loss. I have over 10g of photos from China and Disney worlds and I am pretty much screwed. Is there an easier way?!?!?!?

  50. hey…i hope that my problem gets an answer from someone reading it.I got windows 7 for my system and the Windows Photo viewer 7 is not having any edit options.I am unable to change the features of my photos and this is frustrating me…anybody..PLEASE HELP ME.

    • ok there are 2 different programs. one is windows photo viewer which has no edit features and the other is Windows Live Photo Gallery which has the features you are looking for. Right click on the photo and select “Open with” and choose windows live photo gallery” then click the fix button for the editable commands.

    • I cannot find windows live photo gallery anywhere in my computer, i do have an actual ligit windows 7.

  51. I TRANSFERD MY PICS FROM xp TO MY NEW COMPUETR WIT WINDOWS 7 AND MY PICTURES OR DO NOT OPEN OR THEY GET A GREY CURTAIN ON FRONT AND i CANNOT SEE THEM
    CAN SOMEONE HELP,

  52. I TRANSFERD MY PICS FROM xp TO MY NEW COMPUETR WIT WINDOWS 7 AND MY PICTURES OR DO NOT OPEN OR THEY GET A GREY CURTAIN ON FRONT AND i CANNOT SEE THEM
    CAN SOMEONE HELP,

  53. I'm leaving this question here in the hopes that either the author of the original post, or someone reading it will have an answer for me. After recently upgrading to Windows 7, the Windows Photo Viewer behaves differently. I can no longer select multiple photos, and print several on one page. The Photo viewer still gives me the option of printing 2, 4, 9 or 36 up on a page, but only 1 photo (or repeats of 1 photo). WTF? Am I alone in this, or is this a new “feature?” Why would Microsoft remove functionality?

    • OK this is simple. Best to have all the pictures you want to print in the same folder.
      1. select the photos you want to print first.
      2. click on the “print” button or right click on a selected photo and select print from the context menu.
      3. Choose the size photo you want (this determines how many pictures print on one page).
      4. Choose how many copies you want.
      5. be sure to select the right paper type & size.
      6 click print.
      tada!

    • OK, I get it, and THANK YOU! The old version let you pick print AFTER the preview option had already been selected, and NOW you just select the photos and press print. I can't say it's more intuitive, but I'm happy that it works.

      And Jimbo, do you know how much a relief it is to get an answer that is definitive, rather than the “shot in the dark” style answers you usually get on forums like this? Too cool! Thanks again.

    • Hi, i've just read the question about printing 4 or more photos on one page and i am having the same problem. I have read the answer that you have to select the photos first and then press print but am i missing something but how do i select the photos i want? Each time i click on a photo, then another, the first one is deselected. Does this make sense? i have spent all day trying to work this out.

    • One jpg file has 3 pages. How can I select which one to print? I only want 1 page of the 3, and it is of letter size.
      (I hate windows 7 v. Wind xp. Hate it with a passion. So much so, that I bought a mac for my personal use)

    • I don't know how 1 jpg is 3 pages but, you decide what size to make the print and how many prints you want. The computer then figures out the best way to print them. It doesn't make a diference how big or small the picture is. If the picture is 8 x 10 and you want 2 copies 4 x 6 well the computer knows that you can't fit them both on one page. So it will print 2 pages. If you want 3 x 5's they will both be on one page. WYSIWYG

    • I have the same issue. When I scan a multiple page document, it creates one jpg. When I select to print, I want to be able to select which pages to print and can’t.

  54. if I download windows photo viewer, will I have the options to brighten or darken or blur the pictures I have installed on puter?

  55. I thank you for this one… Thank You for sharing this new Windows Photo Viewer, it looks more newer, than the one in Windows 7…
    Thank You

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