WINDOWS PHOTO VIEWER TRÊN WIN 10

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UpdatedApr 3, 2020, 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 Photo Viewer. You can get Photo Viewer back in Windows 10, though. It’s just hidden.

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


The Problem

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

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

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So, how bởi vì you get Photo Viewer back? By firing up our old friend Registry Editor, of course. And after you vì that, you can phối it as your default photo app.

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Step One: Enable Photo Viewer in the Registry

We’ll need to địa chỉ cửa hàng the same registry entries that were present on Windows 7 and 8.1, & are still present on systems that upgraded from those old versions of Windows. Lớn make things easy, we’ve put together a Registry thủ thuật you can use khổng lồ make these edits quickly because they’re a little cumbersome to make manually. Tải về and unzip the following file:

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

Inside, you’ll find two hacks. Run the “Activate Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10” hack to create the keys và values in the Registry & activate Photo Viewer. Và if you ever want to deactivate it, just run the “Deactivate Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10 (Default)” hack. Of course, there’s no real need to deactivate it in the Registry. You can always leave it available và just associate your image files with a different app.

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Note: A big thanks to 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 khổng lồ go ahead and set Windows Photo Viewer as your mặc định image-viewing application in all the usual ways.

Step Two: set Windows Photo Viewer as Your default Image Viewer

To associate an image tệp tin with Photo Viewer, right-click any type of image file—for example, a .png, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp file—and select xuất hiện With > Choose Another App.

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In the “How vày you want to xuất hiện this file?” window, select Windows Photo Viewer. If you don’t see it at first, scroll lớn the bottom of what’s listed and click the “More apps” option—it’ll show up. Select the “Always use this ứng dụng to open .___ files” option, and 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 bởi it: First, right-click the type of image file you want to lớn change (for example, a PNG, JPEG, GIF, or BMP file) and select “Properties” to mở cửa the Properties window. On the General pane, click the “Change” button to lớn the right of “Opens With” and select Windows Photo Viewer.

Windows Photo Viewer will now be the mặc định image viewer for that type of image file. You’ll need to lớn repeat this process for each type of image tệp tin you want khổng lồ use it with. In other words, whenever you xuất hiện an image that opens in the Photos app, just close the Photos app and use the “Open with” menu khổng lồ associate that tệp tin type with Windows Photo Viewer. You’ll only have to vì chưng this the first time you mở cửa each new type of image file.

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


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about công nghệ for over a decade và was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The thủ đô new york Times, been interviewed as a giải pháp công nghệ expert on TV stations lượt thích Miami"s NBC 6, và had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »