Why doesn’t Windows 7 show GIF images ?

Osama Javaid August 21, 2012

I had few GIF images in my data since Windows XP, in Windows XP, I was able to see the moving GIF images but since I upgraded to Widnows 7, they turned into still images and not the moving ones. Why?

  1. Jessie
    August 23, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Try opening the picture with your internet browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. The default program "Windows Photo Viewer" will not show animation in GIFs.

  2. josemon maliakal
    August 22, 2012 at 1:40 am

    By default the image viewer doesnot support gif, please open the file in a web browser..

  3. Erlis D.
    August 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I use ACDSee Pro 5 for gif images!
    It's fast if you use quick viewer..
    Just check it! Maybe you will like it too!

  4. Pankaj Yadav
    August 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Yozuru,

    Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is supported by Windows 7. You can use Windows Photo Viewer to view the pictures.


    Understanding picture file types


    However, animated GIF files aren't fully supported. For this file format, you can view the still image but not the animation.

    Hope this information helps.

    You can always open animated .gif with Internet browser. It's going to show animation without any problem.

  5. ha14
    August 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Control Panel-Default Programs-Associate a file type or protocol with a program-Scroll down to .GIF, and hightlight it, to then click the "Change" button, and choose the browser, (like Internet Explorer or Windows Photo Viewer .)

    found this Windows 7 Gif Viewer.exe
    1.Right click on your Gif image.
    2.click on properties.
    3.T here is a "change" buttonIn front of open with , click on it.
    4.Browse it where your GIF viewer is installed, generally it is in C:/programfiles(x86)/GIF viewer/GIFviewer.exe
    5.click on open and then ok. Then click on apply and again ok

  6. Lee
    August 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    If you want to view the animated GIF, you can either open it in a browser or install an image viewer that can display them. If you don't want to download anything, opening in a browser is a good way to go (in fact, the default on my system is to open .gif files with Internet Explorer, even though Chrome is my default browser..). If you don't mind using another file viewer, try out IrfanView (http://www.irfanview.com/). Hopefully in future versions of Windows, there will be support for animated gifs.

  7. Vipul Jain
    August 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    you need to open them in any browser you have installed. In the default image viewer they do not animate.
    Sad but true :/

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