Windows 10, the latest and the last version of Windows, has introduced several new apps and features. It has also removed some applications and features which were available in the previous versions of Windows. Windows Photo Viewer is one of them. Well, to be accurate, it is still present but not easily accessible. By default, all image files (.jpg, .png, .bmp etc.) open in Photos which is a new app introduced in Windows 10. But, as you have probably noticed, Photos is very slow and inconvenient to use. And Windows does not let you set Windows Photo Viewer as the default application for viewing image files. Luckily, there is a way to fix this problem and get it back. This article shows you how to get back Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.
Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10
In Windows 10, Microsoft has pushed its Windows Store apps aggressively. It wants all Windows users to use these apps instead of the traditional applications we have been using for years. However, these apps tend to have poor performance as compared to the good old Windows applications. Even though these apps offer some good features, they are not very user-friendly. That’s why, many Windows users prefer to stick to Windows 7 as long as possible. Even those who upgraded to Windows 10 or purchased a computer with Windows 10 installed on it prefer to use traditional applications.
Windows Photo Viewer is one of those applications which most Windows 10 users want to use. However, in Windows 10, Windows Photo Viewer can open only .tif and .tiff files (by default). To open other image formats, you have two options – a) Change the extensions of all image files from .jpg/.png/.bmp etc. to .tiff. b) Make some minor changes in the registry. Since the first method is very inconvenient and impractical, we shall discuss the second method here.
Getting back Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10
As mentioned above, you need to modify the registry to be able to open all types of image files with Windows Photo Viewer. This might seem like a very difficult and risky task, but we’re providing you a very simple way to implement this. All you have to do is download WPV.reg and execute it.
What is WPV.reg and how it works?
WPV.reg is a Registry Entries file. Registry Entries (aka .reg) files are used to add, modify or delete registry keys and values. You have to double-click them to execute them, just like .exe files. Windows shows a security warning when you try to execute a .reg file. Click Run. After that, the User Account Control warning may be shown (depending on your computer’s security settings). Click Yes. And finally, you get a warning from the Registry Editor. Click Yes.
Now, some changes have been made to the registry and Windows Photo Viewer can now be used for opening .jpg/.png/.bmp files. However, you need to do just one more thing. Set Windows Photo Viewer as the default application for opening these files. To do this, right click an image file, say abc.png. Click on Properties. Click on Change. Choose Windows Photo Viewer from the list of apps and click OK. Click OK in the Properties window. You will have to do this for all image formats (e.g. bmp, jpg) that you want to open with Windows Photo Viewer.
I hope this article helped you get back Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 and end the tyranny of the Photos app :D. I’d love to hear your comments about that.