How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

Usually you could use Windows Photo Viewer to view your image files in a variety of ways. You can also print, order prints, attach pictures to an e‑mail message, burn, or open photos in another app on your PC.

Windows 10 uses the Photos app as the default app to open image files with instead now. By default, Windows Photo Viewer is no longer listed in Open with, and only has .tiff files associated with it in Default Programs.

This tutorial will show you how to restore Windows Photo Viewer to be able to select to open image files in Default apps, Default Programs, and Open with in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to restore Windows Photo Viewer.
 

EXAMPLE: Restored Windows Photo Viewer

 

To Restore Windows Photo Viewer

Click/tap on the link below to download the ZIP file below:

Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer.zip

Save the ZIP file to your desktop.

Once downloaded to your Computer Open or Extract the contents of this ZIP file and locate the Registry file
Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_to-Win10.reg


Double click/tap on the .reg file to merge it into the System Registry.

If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

You can now delete the downloaded .ZIP and .reg file if you like.

If you restored Windows Photo Viewer, you can now set this Program as Default.

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