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Windows 7: Using Windows XP "Pictures ans Fax Viewer" in windows 7

25 Apr 2015   #1
Xp4me

XP 32 Bit & Win 7 64 Bit
 
 
Using Windows XP "Pictures ans Fax Viewer" in windows 7

Windows 7 Photo Viewer is useless so I searched for a way to run Windows XP Picture and Fax Viewer on Windows 7 and found this: Can I get the old Windows XP Picture Viewer on Windows 7? | The Tech Guy
I followed the instructions and when I right click on a photo I can see that I now have the option for both viewers. However, when I try to open a photo with the Windows XP Picture and Fax Viewer I get the attached error message.
Could it be that maybe I have to register the "shimgvw.dll" or maybe it needs to be placed in a different location? The site (Shimgvw.dll download - OriginalDLL.com) that I got the "shimgvw.dll" from did say it was the 64 Bit version.
Could it be that the Registry Editor is written for the 32 bit version?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For the people who just want to bash and make comments about why I don't just use the Windows 7 Photo Viewer: Win7 Photo Viewer can't go forward and back more than 1 photo at a time, without exiting the slideshow.
It can't resume the slideshow from the photo that you stared the slideshow with.....like in
XP. The slideshow can't even show the photos in the order that you have them in.
It's too slow, can't read all TIFF photos and I won't even get into the printing issues. I could list a half dozen other reasons also but why bother.......bottom line, it's a downgrade from the XP version




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25 Apr 2015   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The method from The Tech Guy will work fine in Windows 7 x64 (64 bit) if you get a copy of shimgvw.dll from Windows XP x64 (64 bit).
It is located in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 in Windows XP x64.

I believe the version he provided a link to, is for Windows XP x86 (32 bit) and will only work with Windows 7 x86 (32 bit).
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27 Apr 2015   #3
Xp4me

XP 32 Bit & Win 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
The method from The Tech Guy will work fine in Windows 7 x64 (64 bit) if you get a copy of shimgvw.dll from Windows XP x64 (64 bit).
It is located in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 in Windows XP x64.

I believe the version he provided a link to, is for Windows XP x86 (32 bit) and will only work with Windows 7 x86 (32 bit).
I have Win7 64Bit so I got the shimgvw.dll from here: Shimgvw.dll download - OriginalDLL.com , which is suppose to be the 64 Bit version.
In the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 that he provided it shows "system32" so I tried changing every instance of "system32" to "syswow64". I placed the shimgvw.dll in the C:\Windows folder like he stated, but still got the same error message listed at start of thread.
I also tried adding the shimgvw.dll to the actual C:\Windows\syswow64 folder as well, but it showed as shimgvw.dll(2), and gave me the same error message. Maybe I need to delete the original first so there's not 2 of the same file, even though technically they are different files with the same name.
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27 Apr 2015   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I know what that site says, but that is not the 64 bit version of shimgvw.dll.

The 64 bit version is 477 KBs in size, dated 3/29/2006 and has a HASH of:

SHA-1 7fca6cd76d3df11f2478ed787762eeb3e923603d

Also, it is not necessary to alter the procedure given by The Tech Guy.
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27 Apr 2015   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

If you have a Windows 64-bit version, System32 contains the 64-bit drivers, dlls and programs. 32-bit software will be in SysWOW64. You have it backward. Do a system restore to before your changes or your system will hosed.

Windows x-64 runs 32-bit software in a pseudo virtual machine called Windows On Windows (WOW) and gets the programs from SysWOW64. The 64-bit software is run from System32 to remain compatible with fixed-names that may be used in software.

Please don't modify the Registry unless you have assistance.
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28 Apr 2015   #6
Xp4me

XP 32 Bit & Win 7 64 Bit
 
 

WOW! It actually works now! I followed the original procedure given by The Tech Guy, but instead of using a 64 bit shimgvw.dll, I pulled the shimgvw.dll file from my 32 Bit version of XP, (I'm running a dual boot of XP 32 bit & Win7 64 Bit). Thanks so much to the both of you and thanks for not telling me to just use 3rd party software like so many people from this forum usually do.
P.S. One big problem though, it doesn't play the slideshow in the order of the photos in the folder.
In Xp, I go to view - arrange icons by - modified, and then I drag the photos around in the order that I want them to play. All my photos are on a separate storage drive and already in the order that I want them in. Somehow Win 7 is controlling part of the Windows XP Picture and Fax Viewer.
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28 Apr 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yea 7 you can drag files around to sort them you'll need to ultimately rename them
You can disable auto sort but Libraries will ignore the sorting but it does make a lot easier to rename bulks of files after you drag sort them,
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable
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30 Apr 2015   #8
Xp4me

XP 32 Bit & Win 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Yea 7 you can drag files around to sort them you'll need to ultimately rename them
You can disable auto sort but Libraries will ignore the sorting but it does make a lot easier to rename bulks of files after you drag sort them,
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable
Thanx, but there's actually an easier way for being able to drag photos where ever you want them ( Folder Options X Freeware - Trusted download and reviews from SnapFiles ) read what the second tweak does. It says (The custom sort order is applied each time you open the folder ) but hasn't been the case for me, win 7 automatically changes the arrange to sort by name, even though I don't have it selected.
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30 Apr 2015   #9
Xp4me

XP 32 Bit & Win 7 64 Bit
 
 

I don't believe it, I spent all this time searching google and bothering people here for a way to run the XP Picture and Fax Viewer on Win 7 and still can't use it........correctly. This is a prime example, just one of many reasons why any OS after XP is actually a downgrade in so many ways. How sad is it that I have to constantly search for ways to fix what microsoft broke in Win 7. People should not have to create hacks in order to get Win 7 to do what XP has always been able to do.

I'm hoping that there is some kind of hack or tweak tool out there that will simply add the (Modified) option back to the arrange by setting.....that would be the easiest solution.
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01 May 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I would disagree that x-p was better than 7 is,
Besides the sort deal which is frustrating but easily corrected by renaming files after using the disable auto sort

Libraries themselves :/ kind of hit and miss and it where the issue is sorting by Name is fine with me I've just gotten used to renaming or naming them to be an accurate description of what they are and not going by a default created name by a camera........
Cheers.
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