How to reset and use Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

If after upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, we want to restore and use Photo Viewer, it is really very easy to do so. We will see with the information that has been provided to us guidedigitales.net. These are the steps to follow.

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Use Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

The first thing we will have to do is open the operating system configuration. For this we can press the start menu and click on the gear icon. Also, we can press Windows + i. Once the Settings application is open, we will go to the Applications section.

Default apps.

We will click on Default applications among the options that we will find in the left sidebar. Which will open a new page, the list of default system applications.

In the "Photo Viewer" section we will click to configure Windows Photo Viewer as the default application. This way we can use it without problems. Although if Photo Viewer is not in the list by default, we will have to reset it as we will discuss below.

How to restore it

It's a little more complicated for those of you who started a clean install of Windows 10. While Windows Photo Viewer is still hidden in your system code, you'll need to use Registry Editor to activate it.

It is not necessary to open the registry editor, we can get a registry file by downloading it from this link. Microsoft didn't actually remove the app, they just "hid" it by unregistering it.

Registry Editor file.

The file will modify the registry to instruct Windows 10 to allow us to display the Windows Photo Viewer. It is recommended that you download the file to an easily accessible location, such as your desktop.

Once the file has been downloaded, we proceed to double click to execute it and we will have to follow the instructions and accept them. First we will see that a dialog appears asking us if we want to make changes to the system, here we click on "Yes".

Then we will see a registry editor dialog where it will ask us if we want to continue, we also click on "Yes". And then we will see a message informing us that it has been successfully added to the registry.

Now the registry has been updated and Windows Photo Viewer has been unlocked. The only thing left to do is some modifications to be able to use the application. Unfortunately, you can't use the default app in the same way as users who have upgraded.

Right click on the file we want to open.

We will have to go to the photo we want to open and we will right click on it, in this menu we will have to choose "Open with". We will see a new menu that expands with several default applications, we will select the "Choose another application" option.

We open the file when using Windows Photo Viewer.

Once the new dialog opens, we will have to scroll down and we will have to choose "More applications" to expand the menu of available apps. Here we can find Windows Photo Viewer.

If we always want to use this application to view photos and images, all we have to do is check the box next to "Always use this application to open files (extension)" and that's it.

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