[Windows 10] How to use “Windows Photo Viewer” instead of “Photo” in Windows 10

By | October 31, 2017
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The modern app program called “Photos” is used as the default app to open image files on Windows10.

Easy adjustment and processing such as photograph browsing and slide show, color and brightness of the image are possible.

But, the traditional classic application “Windows Photo Viewer” was not included in the default app selection.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

The “Photo” application of Windows 10 has a convenient function for image processing, but some people may want to display it with a classic “Windows Photo Viewer“.




Unfortunately, on Windows 10, it seems that “Windows Photo Viewer” is excluded as the “default app” of the program that opens the image file.

▼ Basically, there are “photo” or “paint” etc to start up as an application associated with opening an image file in Windows Explorer as follows.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ As below, you can select 1“Photo” or “Paint” as the photo related application on Settings of the 1“Default apps”.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

Now, let’s set up “Windows Photo Viewer” so that image files can be opened in it, regardless of the default app above.

Creating a Windows Picture Viewer – Starting Registry Editor

▼ First as shown below, press shortcuts Windows + Rkey and open “Run“. Enter 1regedit in the text box, and click 2OK button.

Windows Windows Photo Viewer

▼ User Account Control(UAC) appears to allow you to run the Registry Editor. click 2OK button.

Windows Windows Photo Viewer

▼ Registry Editor window opens. First, if you are currently logged in, move to the following path.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

Creating a new key

Here we create two subkeys under the “shell” key.

▼ First, 1Right-click on the “shell” key, and click 2New > Key.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ Rename New Key #1 to 1openwpv.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ Next, in the right pane, double-click 1Default, and type 2 Open with Windows Picture Viewer in the Value data. Click 3OK button to close.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer




Creating a subkey: command

▼ Using the above method, you create 1command as a subkey of openwpv key.

In the right pane of command key, double-click 2Default and type the following line in the 3Value Data field.

%SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll”, ImageView_Fullscreen %1

▼ Click 4OK button to close it.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

Creating Subkey DropTarget

▼ Once again, you create a subkey 1DropTarget as a subkey of the key openwpv.

In the right pane of DropTarget key, right-click and create a new value, clicking 2New > String value.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ Rename New Value #1 to 1CLSID.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ Double-click 1CLSID and type the following line in the 2Value Data field.

{FFE2A43C-56B9-4bf5-9A79-CC6D4285608A}

▼ Click 3OK button to close it.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ The registry settings are finished. Close the registry editor and try right clicking on the image file as follows.

▼ 1Right-click on the image file and click 2Open with Windows Picture Viewer that is displayed in the menu.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer

▼ You can view the image file in Windows Picture Viewer as below. If not, try restarting your PC.

[Windows] Windows Photo Viewer
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