The Easiest Way to Bring Back Photo Viewer in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 20-01-2016

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Microsoft’s new Photos app definitely falls under that last category, but for one reason or another, you might not be willing to get used to it. Perhaps you just really like the old Photo Viewer, and you want to bring it back in Windows 10. Either way, it can be done, and you don’t even need to go crazy messing around with the registry 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features The registry editor is the only way to enable some of Windows 10's hidden features. Here we'll show you easy tweaks like enabling the dark theme or hiding folders. Read More !

Note: If you’ve upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, you should still have access to the older Photo Viewer right away. You’ll need to choose it from “Open With” menu. This only applies to fresh Windows 10 installs.

First, you’ll need to get Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10. It’s a free program and doesn’t even require an install.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.0 2016-01-19 15.56.16

Once you have the program running, click Additional on the left menu. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see Enable Windows Photo Viewer. Click that, then click Apply.


Next, just right-click on a photo you want to open and select Open With. Choose Windows Photo Viewer and you’ll be good to go!

Do you like the new Photos app in Windows 10, or do you prefer the old Photo Viewer? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Sophie
    May 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I liked Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  2. Ashley100
    June 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Have you tried long path tool? I can this can be useful for your problem. Lets have a try.

  3. Ashley100
    June 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Hi everyone out there, have you tried Long Path tool. I didn't use yet but I have heard a lot about it, it can be useful for your problem. I think, lets have a try.

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  6. wright sanches
    October 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    LongPathTool will help on this issue. You can try this tool to solve this problem.

  7. Anonymous
    January 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I used Ultimate Windows Tweaker for a long time. It's great.

  8. Anonymous
    January 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Have they fixed the stupid folder structure in Photo yet? They give you the option of "yyyy-mm" but not "yyyy-mm-dd" when importing pictures from your camera!

    It should not be difficult to implement and provide as an option.

  9. Anonymous
    January 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Anyone know why they killed off animated gif support and refuse to bring it back?

  10. byron
    January 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I have a powershell script that I run first thing to uninstall the uninstallable Universal Metro Windows store crapware.