How to get back old Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10

Do you want the classic Windows Photo Viewer experience back in your Windows 10 computer? Actually, Microsoft replaced the old Windows Photo Viewer with newer Photos app. Many users appreciate the classic look of Windows Photo Viewer and they want it back. If you want to set the ‘Windows Photo Viewer‘ as the default photo viewer  on your computer, follow these steps to do it.

Method-1 Run a registry script-

You have to run a registry script on your computer and the problem will be fixed.

Now, follow these steps to download and run the script.

1. Download “Restore Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10“.

2. Go to download location on your computer.

3. Extract the “Restore Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10” files on at a favorable location of your choice.


Extract This


4. Go to the location where you have extracted the files.

5. Right-click on “Restore the Windows Photo Viewer” registry file and then click on “Merge“.




The registry script will be run on your computer.

6. If there is a warning message, click on “Yes“.


Yes Merge


You have re-enabled the Windows Photo Viewer on your computer.

All you have to do is that set the Windows Photo Viewer as a default application on your computer. To do so, follow these simple steps-

1. At first, type “default apps” in the search box.

2. Now, click on “Default apps” in the elevated search result.


Default Apps


3. In the Settings window, on the right-hand side, scroll down and under ‘Photo viewer‘ click on “Photos“.

4. Now, from the list of apps click on “Windows Photo Viewer” to set it as default on your computer.


Windows Photo Viewer


Whenever you will open an image it will be opened in the Windows Photo Viewer app.


Method-2 Use Windows Photo Viewer-

Download this software on your computer and you will able to use Windows Photo Viewer again on your computer.

1. Download the Restore Windows Photo Viewer. Just click on download to download this software.

2. Go to the download location on your computer.

3.  Double click on “RestoreWindowsPhotoViewerSetup” to run the setup on your computer.


Double Click


4. In the setup window, click on “Next“.




5. Now, click on “Install” to start the installation process.




6. Finally, click on “Finish” to finish the process.




Restore  Windows Photo Viewer will be opened automatically.

7. Now, in Restore  Windows Photo Viewer 1.22 window, click on “Restore Windows Photo Viewer“.


Restore Windows Photo Viewer


8.  You will be directed to the Settings window automatically. Now, click on “Photo Viewer” and then select “Windows Photo Viewer” in the list of the applications.


Windows Photo Viewer


Close all the application windows.

That’s it! From now on whenever you will double click on a photo or an image it will be opened in Windows Photo Viewer.

8 thoughts on “How to get back old Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10”

  1. Please…

    How can I get a shortcut to “Windows Photo Viewer” rather than set it as the default viewer?

  2. I have a new laptop with latest Windows 10, but for the past 10 years I have been using Windows Photo viewer on my other laptop to print off my personalised cards, as the sizing is easy to maintain and I can move from sheet to sheet easily. New laptop of course doesn’t have this – have used several of the options to download and install photo viewer and they do – and I can view fine – but when I go to print I only get a partial page! whatever I try to do, I cannot get a full page to print although the full page is clearly there on the screen. I don’t know if I am missing something, or if it is impossible to print now – I am not a techie although I am a seasoned pc user so can find my way around. If you have any suggestions I would be grateful as I am tearing my hair out here! I have lots of customers and cannot see how I can use a different programme to print without having to resize 1000’s of pages…….!!!! I think I will just go and bury myself in the garden……

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