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UpdatedAtruyền thông quảng cáo 3, 20đôi mươi, 2:42 pm EST| 3 min read
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Windows 10 uses the new Photos app as your default image viewer, but many people still prefer the old Windows Photo Viewer. You can get Photo lớn Viewer baông chồng in Windows 10, though. It’s just hidden.

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


The Problem

For whatever reason, Microsoft opted not to lớn include the Registry keys that enable access khổng lồ Windows Pholớn Viewer on Windows 10. Those keys are kept in place if you upgrade from a previous version of Windows, but they aren’t created during the installation of Windows 10. Microsoft really wants you to lớn open all those image files in its new Photos tiện ích, instead.

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If you navigate to the Default apps pane in Settings, you won’t even see Phokhổng lồ Viewer as an option. The old “Default Programs” Control Panel phầm mềm isn’t much help, either. mở cửa it up và you can only make Phokhổng lồ Viewer the default 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 cộ tệp tin khổng lồ associate them with Phokhổng lồ 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 vì you get Phokhổng lồ Viewer back? By firing up our old friend Registry Editor, of course. And after you vì chưng that, you can mix it as your mặc định photo lớn phầm mềm.

Step One: Enable Photo Viewer in the Registry

We’ll need to lớn add the same registry entries that were present on Windows 7 và 8.1, và are still present on systems that upgraded from those old versions of Windows. To make things easy, we’ve put together a Registry hachồng you can use to make these edits quickly because they’re a little cumbersome khổng lồ make manually. Download 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” hachồng to create the keys and values in the Registry và activate Pholớn Viewer. And if you ever want to deactivate it, just run the “Deactivate Windows Photo lớn Viewer on Windows 10 (Default)” hachồng. Of course, there’s no real need to lớn deactivate it in the Registry. You can always leave sầu it available and just associate your image files with a different ứng dụng.

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Note: A big thanks 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 lớn go ahead and set Windows Photo lớn 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 file with Phokhổng lồ Viewer, right-cliông chồng 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 vì chưng you want to open this file?” window, select Windows Phokhổng lồ Viewer. If you don’t see it at first, scroll khổng lồ the bottom of what’s listed & click the “More apps” option—it’ll show up. Select the “Always use this phầm mềm to open .___ files” option, và then cliông xã “OK.”

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Update: If the “Choose Another App” option doesn’t work for some reason, here’s another way you can vị it: First, right-cliông chồng the type of image file you want lớn change (for example, a PNG, JPEG, GIF, or BMP file) và select “Properties” lớn open the Properties window. On the General pane, cliông chồng the “Change” button lớn the right of “Opens With” and select Windows Photo lớn Viewer.

Windows Pholớn Viewer will now be the default image viewer for that type of image file. You’ll need lớn repeat this process for each type of image tệp tin you want lớn use it with. In other words, whenever you open an image that opens in the Photos phầm mềm, just cđại bại the Photos tiện ích và use the “Open with” menu to associate that tệp tin type with Windows Photo lớn Viewer. You’ll only have sầu to vị this the first time you open each new type of image tệp tin.

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


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about giải pháp công nghệ for over a decade và was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The Thành Phố New York Times, been interviewed as a giải pháp công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and 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---& that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »