With the introduction Windows 10, Microsoft revealed a new Photos App which was better than the existing photo viewers and did carry editing capabilities which were an addition. The photo app sure was great but I still liked the old Photo Viewer. Don’t get me wrong here, the Photos App is great for viewing and giving photos a light touch without using apps like Photoshop or even Paint. That being said, I still wanted the old Photo viewer and if you too want it then head below and follow the steps to get it.
The app is still there if you have upgraded from an older version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. This means you can directly enable it and set as the default photo viewer without any trouble. To do that, head to the Settings>System > Default apps and scroll down to Photo Viewer. Here you will see, Photos App set as default. Click on it and you will get an option to change it. You can just select Windows Photo Viewer and you’re good to go.
This, however, gets tricky if you have installed Windows 10 from scratch. Here, following the above process won’t work. Instead, you have to use code shared by Edwin over at TenForums. To get Photo Viewer, in this case, follow the steps below.
- Copy the code from the TenForums to Notepad.
- Go to File>Save As and save the file with the extension .reg.
- Now double-click on the .reg file and you will get a UAC pop-up. Click on Yes and follow the process.
This will help to get Windows Photo Viewer installed on your machine. Once done, head to Settings > System > Default apps and scroll down to Photo Viewer and select Windows Photo Viewer. We hope this tutorial will help you to get the good old Windows Photo Viewer back on Windows 10.