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 email 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 for only your account or all users in Windows 10.
How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10
- To start off, download the Windows Photo Viewer enabler registry file from here.
- Save the .reg file to your desktop.
- Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
- If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
- You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
- If you selected to undo restore Windows Photo Viewer, then select a different app (ex: Photos) as the default app under Photo viewer in Settings.
- If you selected to restore Windows Photo Viewer, then select “Windows Photo Viewer” as the default app under Photo viewer in Settings.
- And that’s it. Windows Photo Viewer is now set as your default photo viewing app. Simply open any photo and it will be opened in Windows Photo Viewer.
Windows 10’s stock Photos app is quite slow
Windows 10’s stock Photos app is quite slow, and the traditional Windows Photo Viewer proves to be a good replacement. It’s fast, robust, and dependable. While the UI on the Windows Photo Viewer might be a little more classic, it is still very functional, that makes it a better choice.