The Classic Windows Photo viewer has been changed to the new Photos Viewer app which is introduced in the Windows 10 but it seems to be sluggish at times, usually when it is needed the most. Yes, the new Windows 10 Photos Viewer app has more features than the classic Windows Photo viewer but its sluggishness recalls the absence of the classic Windows Photo viewer app’s nimbleness. If you have upgraded your Windows from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 then you might still be able to use or must be using the Windows Photo Viewer app but if you had a clean Windows 10 install on your PC then you might not have the access to it which means that it might not be available in the Default apps or programs settings of Windows 10. So, in this article, I will guide you on how to enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.
So let’s start with the step-wise guide.
Step 1: Download Windows Photo Viewer
Click the link to download the Windows Photo Viewer Registry File.
After clicking on the link you, you will download a zip file for the Windows Photo Viewer. Open up the download folder and extract the zip file from the zip extractor. Now double –click on the Restore_Windows_Photo_Viewer_CURRENT_USER registry file as highlighted above.
Step 2: Add Windows Photo Viewer Registry file in Windows 10
A security message will pop up which will ask you to make sure if you want to run this software as shown above. Now click on the Run button to open up the file as highlighted above.
After you run the file, Windows will try to open and run the file in the Registry Editor of Windows 10. This will pop up another security message from the User Account Control, which will ask you whether to allow this app to make changes to your device? Simply click Yes button to proceed as shown above.
After allowing the Registry Editor to run the file, a few seconds later a message will pop up from the Registry Editor showing you that the file has been successfully added to the Windows registry as shown above. Simply click OK button to proceed.
Another pop-up message will appear asking you if you trust the source of this information. Simply click the Yes button to finish installing the registry file on Windows.
Now, most probably the registry file will be added in your Windows Registry by now. Just follow the steps below to Apply windows Photo Viewer as the default photo viewer app for your Windows 10.
Step 3: Apply the Windows Photo Viewer as the Default App
From the Windows start menu, open up the Windows settings by clicking on the settings icon as shown above.
From the Windows Settings, click on the Apps settings option as highlighted above.
From the Apps settings window, click on the Default apps option located under the Apps navigation pane as highlighted above. In the Default apps settings click on the Photo Viewer option located under the Choose default apps heading as shown above.
After clicking on the Photo Viewer option a pop-up box will appear asking you to choose the default app from the listed apps as shown above. You can see that the Classic Windows Photo Viewer has been now added to the list as shown above. Simply click on the Windows Photo Viewer option to apply it as the default app for the photo Viewer for Windows 10.
That’s it! Hope this article has helped you to enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10. If you experienced any kind of error during the process, please let us know in the comment section below.