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Restore Windows Photo Viewer

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Key Details of Restore Windows Photo Viewer

  • Support for various image formats like JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFIF, BMP, DIB, ICO, PNG, TIFF, TIF, GIF, WDP, and JXR
  • Restores the missing Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 and Windows 11
  • Sets Windows Photo Viewer as the default photo viewer
  • Provides the option to revert to the Microsoft Photos app whenever desired
  • Apply changes to either current user or all users on a computer

Editors' Review Staff Jan 17, 2024

Despite not being removed from Windows 11/10, the classic Windows Photo Viewer doesn't readily show up within Default Programs or Default apps in Settings after a fresh Windows 11/10 installation or an upgrade from an earlier Windows version. Its presence within the system remains obscured.

There are several methods or tools aimed at bringing back the classic Windows Photo Viewer app, which was removed from newer versions of Windows like Windows 10 and 11. Users who prefer its simple interface and quick performance over the newer Photos app often seek ways to re-enable it.

Why Restore Windows Photo Viewer?

·        Many users prefer the simplicity and familiarity of the classic Windows Photo Viewer compared to the newer Photos app.

·        Some find the Photos app less intuitive or lacking features they previously used in Windows Photo Viewer.

Fortunately, this free software can be used to back the classic Windows Photo Viewer to Windows 10 or Windows 11 serving as a replacement for the default Photos app.

Here are some ways "Restore Windows Photo Viewer" can be used:

·        Re-associating file types: This involves setting Windows Photo Viewer as the default program for opening image files like JPG, PNG, etc. This requires modifying registry settings or using dedicated tools.

·        Third-party apps: Several tools like "Restore Windows Photo Viewer" by attempt to restore the Photo Viewer by modifying registry entries or adding it back to the system. Some caution is advised when using these tools, as their reliability and compatibility can vary.

·        Alternatives: While not exactly restoring the Photo Viewer, alternative lightweight image viewers like IrfanView or XnViewMP offer similar functionalities and ease of use.

It's important to note that Microsoft officially removed the Windows Photo Viewer and no longer supports it. Some of the restoration methods might not work consistently or have compatibility issues with newer Windows updates.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.22

Version 1.22 includes stability enhancement on Windows 10


Release May 11, 2018
Date Added May 12, 2018
Version 1.22

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 10, Windows 11
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 525,747
Downloads Last Week 1,485
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Developer's Description

The classic Windows Photo Viewer although has not been dropped from Windows 10, it doesn't appear in Default Programs or Default apps in Settings when you perform a clean install of Windows 10, or after upgrading from a previous version of Windows.
It is hidden somewhere.

The free software bring back the classic Windows Photo Viewer to Windows 10 to substitute for the built-in Photos app, which is the new metro and modern Microsoft photo viewer in Windows 10.

Features include,

Support JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFIF format. Support BMP, DIB, ICO format. Support PNG, TIFF, TIF. Support GIF, WDP, JXR. Apply changes to either current user or all users on a computer. Restore the missing Windows Photo Viewer to Windows 10. Set Windows Photo Viewer as default photo viewer. Revert to Microsoft Photos app at any time.

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