Fix Windows 10– Windows Photo Viewer Associations

Clean Windows 10 installs seem to have removed the ability to use Windows Photo Viewer.  While it will still work for TIF files, if you try to open any other file type with it, you just get the Print dialog.

I still find it quite useful over the new Photos app – from the way to zoom to using the keyboard to switch  images, to not wanting videos to show up while viewing photos, I prefer the way it prints, etc…


First I add the stuff below to the registry, that will add the default file types back in Windows Photo Viewer so it can be set as default.  Then using the Default Programs Control Panel, I give Windows Photo Viewer all of its defaults.

Copy & Paste below into .reg file and import, make sure quotes are in correct format before importing:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Photo Viewer\Capabilities\FileAssociations]


I left the PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff for all because it doesn’t seem to make an a difference to functionality and it was the only actual type in the registry already.

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