Using Windows Photo Viewer as default image viewer on Windows 10


Out of the box Windows 10 has Trusted Windows Store apps as default programs for numerous file extensions including most popular image formats (jpg, png, bmp, gif, ico, etc.). Via the "Default Programs" functionality in Control Panel you may not even be able to change the default program for some file formats as in the case of the Windows Photo Viewer (which I personally prefer over the Photos Windows Store app for viewing images) because it does not even have the requested file extensions associated to it (Windows Photo Viewer is associated to .tif and .tiff files only). If you'd like to use Windows Photo Viewer for viewing other supported image files you can do as it is described in this article.


Comments (2)

  1. Appreciator says:

    Thanks for this article. It helps me alot.

    I like the Windows Photo Viewer and i cant imagine a windows without it.

  2. vahidx4r4x says:

    copy and paste these lines into a txt document and save it as *.reg file and run it!

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.jpg]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.jpeg]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.gif]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.png]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.bmp]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.tiff]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ; Change Extension's File Type

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.ico]

    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"

    ————————————————————————————————————–

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