How to enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 [Tip]

Windows Photo Viewer (WPV) has been around for a long time until Windows 10 when Microsoft decides to completely make it unusable for general users. Instead, the new Photos app is now the default photo viewer. It’s not a surprise since Microsoft has push its Universal App Platform (UAP) really hard to get more momentum for Windows Store. While Photos app has a modern look and some cool features like making album and auto picture correction, some users may still prefer using the good old WPV. If you’re one of them, you’ll be glad to know there is a way to enable WPV in Windows 10.

How to enable Windows Photo Viewer

In order to enable WPV, you need to make change to the Registry. As always, it’s a good practice to back up your Registry any time before editing this sensitive part.

  • When you’re ready, download this file from the link below.
  • Once it finished downloading, double click it and hit Yes at the dialog to apply the change to Registry.
  • Restart your computer to make sure everything works fine.

How to make Windows Photo Viewer default photo viewer

Now you’ve got WPV back but it still needs to be set as default app so you can open any photo file with it.

  • Type “Default App” into the search box on the Taskbar and run the result “Default app settings”
  • In Settings window, under Photo Viewer, hit the current default app and you’ll see a selection for Windows Photo Viewer.
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Then you’re done and that’s all to take to enable WPV in Windows 10. You can now enjoy viewing your photos in a good ol’ fashioned way.

(source Into Windows)

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  • Thank you. I will look into that.

  • Tu Nguyen

    You should check Color Management to see if there is any color profile applied. I got this issue before and everything was because of a bad color profile. Hope this help.

  • I somehow managed to get WPV back after letting the Windows update/install do its thing, although I can’t recall what I did to get it back. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Windows 10, WPV renders images with a definite warmish cast. Whites look a lot like egg nog. The new photos app renders whites as white and other colors properly. Why the skewed color rendering in WPV in Windows 10 is another mystery.