How to Activate Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10

Windows 10 operating system has come with many innovations, and one of these innovations is the Photo Viewer application.

How to Activate Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10

How to Enable the Old Photo Viewer in Windows 10

The old Windows Photo Viewer application used on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 has now become more visual with Windows 10.

With the new Photo Viewer, you may feel a little slow when you try to open your photos. Also, if you have only activated the Administrator account in Windows 10, you will receive the error “This application cannot be enabled by the Built-in Administrator” when you try to open a photo.

Hence it can be a nice idea to use the old Windows 10 Photo Viewer.

This application cannot be enabled by the Built-in Administrator

If your user account is a member of the Administrator group, you can normally use the new Windows 10 Photo Viewer. However, many people prefer the old Photo Viewer because the new photo viewer shows the photos on your computer a little blurry and a bit of poor quality.

Older Windows Photo Viewer opens photos or pictures faster and shows better quality. In this article, will enable the old Photo Viewer.

How to Enable Windows 10 Photo Viewer using Regedit

If your current photo viewer app doesn’t open photos, you can solve your problem by following the steps below. The easiest method to activate Photo Viewer is to change the Regedit setting.

   Step 1

Click the button below to download Photo Viewer Regedit file directly to your computer.

Regedit File Download

   Step 2

Right-click on the regedit file.

Merge Regedit File

   Step 3

In the Registry Editor window, click Yes.

Registry Editor

   Step 4

After changing the Regedit settings, click OK to close the window.

Registry Editor

   Step 5

Right-click on the photo you want to view and click Open With, and then click Select another application.

Select another application

   Step 6

Select the Always use this application check box, then select Photo Viewer and click OK.

Photo Viewer

The photo you want to view immediately after clicking the OK button will open with the old Photo Viewer.

Bringing the Photo Viewer Back ⇒ Video

To bring back the old Windows Photo app, you can watch the video below and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

   Final Word


In this article, we have configured the Regedit settings to re-enable and use the old Photo application used on Windows operating systems. Thanks for following us!

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