When you upgraded to Windows 10, from either Windows 7 or 8.1, you must have realized that Microsoft did away with the old Windows Photo Viewer. In its place, you now get the Windows Photo App.
While Windows Photo App might have its advantages like being able to edit pictures really quickly and share them online. For me, and many others, the old Windows Photo Viewer, is just straightforward, faster and we are used to it. The new Photo App takes some time getting used to, and it is just not the same as the old Windows Photo Viewer.
If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, you should find the Windows Photo Viewer when you right click a picture and go to the ‘Open With’ options. But if you performed a clean install of Windows 10, Microsoft has completely disabled the Windows Photo Viewer.
But Geek Savanna has come across a simple hack at Ten Forums that will enable you to get back the Windows Photo Viewer. This hack is revealed by a guy called Edwin, whereby you simply download this 643kb file [Windows-Photo-Viewer-hack-for-Windows-10]. You will need to download that registry editor, after unzipping it. Then you can click on the .reg file in the folder and then a new registry will be added to your Windows 10 PC.
Once this has been done, you can right click on any picture on your computer (.jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp) and go to the ‘Open With’ options. Next click on ‘More apps’ and scroll down where you will see the Windows Photo Viewer as an option to open the image file.
Note, you can make Windows Photo Viewer become the default app for opening pictures with a specific file extension. Say .jpg, and when you open another picture with the extension .png the Windows Photo App will be the default viewer. You can repeat the above procedure and set Windows Photo Viewer to become the default viewer for all picture extensions (.jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp)