Windows 10: Why Has Microsoft Dropped Windows Photo Viewer And Replaced It With Something Worse?

Discus and support Why Has Microsoft Dropped Windows Photo Viewer And Replaced It With Something Worse? in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; I have used Photo Viewer for many years and never once found fault with it, so I am mighty peeved that Microsoft killed it off surreptitiously when it... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by Sunnanadi, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. Sunnanadi Win User

    Why Has Microsoft Dropped Windows Photo Viewer And Replaced It With Something Worse?


    I have used Photo Viewer for many years and never once found fault with it, so I am mighty peeved that Microsoft killed it off surreptitiously when it automatically updated my Windows 10 system. I would be grateful if someone could tell me how I can get it back without tinkering in the registry. I can't get on with 'Photos' as it is hopelessly slow & dismal.

    :)
     
    Sunnanadi, Mar 16, 2020
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  2. Taras Win User

    Unable to replace Photos app with Photo Viewer as default (10240).


    I'm not making any headway on answers.Microsoft.com so I'm hoping the experts here can explain why I cannot replace the Photos app with Windows Photo Viewer as the default image viewer (in build 10240). From all outward appearances, it seems Windows Photo Viewer is unavailable.

    The saga is explained in detailed words and colorful pictures here:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/i...2-83ece717ddfb

    If that's too tl;dr for you, here are the bullet points:

    • Windows Photo Viewer is never listed as an option when using "Open with".
    • "Open with" lets you browse the disk and manually select the desired program. I navigated to "\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer" but it contains no program there other than "Imaging Devices" (wrong). Choosing "PhotoViewer.dll" produces an error message.
    • In Control Panel's "Default Program", Windows Photo Viewer is shown to be associated with TIF files and nothing else. Attempts to set JPG to use Windows Photo Viewer fail because, again, its program folder only contains "Imaging Devices" (and the dll).


    In an attempt to fix this problem, I used the "nuclear option" and Reset the PC. After Windows 10 (TH1 10240) reinstalled itself, I still couldn't select Windows Photo Viewer to be the default image viewer.

    Suggestions to fix this?
     
    Taras, Mar 16, 2020
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  3. iko22 Win User
    How to get rid of raw file support in windows photo viewer?

    Why Has Microsoft Dropped Windows Photo Viewer And Replaced It With Something Worse? [​IMG]


    I have downloaded this, and it did not work; photo viewer is not in the list of programs in Open With or Default App. I used option 2 step 3, followed by step 5 to 9.

     
    iko22, Mar 16, 2020
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  4. Why Has Microsoft Dropped Windows Photo Viewer And Replaced It With Something Worse?

    Windows 10 default image viewer

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps in order to change the default image viewer to Paint.

    • In search,
    • Type Default Programs.
    • Check whether Windows Photo Viewer is listed in the list.
    • Left click on the photo viewer and select the option paint.

    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows. We are glad to assist you.
     
    Divya Murugan, Mar 16, 2020
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