How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer Windows 10

The process or restoring the Windows photo viewer is different if you Upgraded to Windows 10 or did clean install. This tutorial will show you how to restore Windows Photo Viewer whether you upgraded or clean installed Windows 10.

Option 1 – Restore Windows Photo Viewer from an upgrade

1. Click on start button then type “Default Programs” and select it form the results.

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2. Then click on Set your default programs.

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3. On the left pane under programs scroll down to select  Windows photo viewer, then click on Set this program as default.

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Option 2 – Restore Windows Photo Viewer from a clean Install

1. Download and extract the Restore Windows Photo Viewer.reg zip file.

2. Double click on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

3. If prompted, click on Run, Yes to the (UAC), Yes, and OK to any warmnings to approve the merge.

4. Delete the downloaded .reg file from the extracted location.

5. If you restored Windows Photo Viewer, you can now set this program as default.

Video Tutorial:


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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31 Responses

  1. him says:

    it really works!! thx a lot!

  2. Aman says:

    thanks its working fine

  3. Chelle says:

    Fabulous! Thank you so much, it worked perfectly! 🙂

  4. Cristian Chile says:

    Funciona Excelente !

  5. Adewumi Adewale says:

    Thank you so much!

  6. Paul Novelty says:


  7. Anna says:

    Thank you so much 🙂 I am so happy to have my Windows Photo Viewer back ! You are the best !:)

  8. Don Wornock says:

    Thank you very much for giving me Windows Photo Viewer. Your download made it easy. Without your download, I couldn’t have done it.

  9. waleed says:

    thanks alot

  10. cesar says:

    muchas gracias me sirvió de mucho tu ayuda

  11. Jamekia says:

    I would like to thank you so much!!!!!! This has been a great help!! 🙂

  12. Frolando Mercei says:

    really works! Thanks!! I thought this was a fake super great help

  13. ROB says:


  14. Narjung Gurung says:

    Thanks a lot

  15. gravity says:

    hombre hace dias que no se puede descargar el archivo .REG porfavor arregla el link

  16. Melania says:

    Thank youuuuuuuu, you saved me from growing white hair :)))

  17. Timmi says:

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  18. Jose Espinoza says:

    Thanks a lot!. Fast, easy and simple. Great!.

  19. Gordon says:

    Thank you so much. I have been trying to do this with getting ZERO results from other sites, until I came to your site. The very first time I tried it from your site directions….100% success. I now have Windows Photo Viewer on my NEW installation of WIN 10. Now I have Windows Photo Viewer installed and set as my default viewer. It works.

  20. Apolonio Zuleta Navarro says:

    Gracias muy excelente la ayuda para instalar el visualizador clásico de imágenes en windows 10.

  21. Daclas says:

    Thanks. The Photo Viewer of Windows Ten sux. Windows 10 does great things, but its viewer is a pain. Windows 7 viewer is soooo much better.

  22. Tracy E Candish says:

    I cannot thank you enough for such a concise step by step solution. You saved a photo job for me!!

  23. Ahmed Galal says:

    thanks a lot for your efforts

  24. Taposh Kumar Mondol says:

    really works! Thank You

  25. Abel Montano says:

    Funciono sorprendente-mente Muuuuchas Gracias 🙂

  26. Juan Maria says:

    Works fine, thank you very much.

  27. cody says:

    thank you!

  28. Anders Wanner says:

    Fantastic, simple an d straight forward!
    You saved my day since the Windows 10 Apps has collapsed 2 times in as many days now.