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Windows 7: How to disable the Windows 7 picture viewer?

11 Mar 2010   #1
cwaiii

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
How to disable the Windows 7 picture viewer?

I installed windows 7 last week, and my graphics editor. I set the file associations in the graphics program to 'select all', yet when I click on a .jpg file, it opens in Windows photo viewer. I would like to disable the Windows photo viewer altogether, as it adds nothing to how I want my image files to open. Any ideas? Thanks, cwaiii


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11 Mar 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have to change the file association in Default Programs ( Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations ).
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11 Mar 2010   #3
cwaiii

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

In "Default Programs ( Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations )", my graphics program does not come up, and if I try to change the Windows Photo Viewer file associations, they are selected and greyed out... Is there a way to disable the photo viewer in its entirety or uninstall it? Thanks
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11 Mar 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cwaiii View Post
In "Default Programs ( Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations )", my graphics program does not come up, and if I try to change the Windows Photo Viewer file associations, they are selected and greyed out... Is there a way to disable the photo viewer in its entirety or uninstall it? Thanks
You have to browse to your program files on C and pick up the .exe of your graphics program. It works, believe me.
To remove Photo Viewer, you have to run Regedit. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / SystemFileAssociations / image / ShellEx / ContextMenuHandlers and delete the key ShellImagePreview. Make sure you backup your registry before you do that - just in case you mess it up.
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12 Mar 2010   #5
cwaiii

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

There is no browse option in (my) Default Programs, so I went through each extension in "Control Panel/Default Programs/Associate a file type or protocol with a program", setting the default opening program from Windows Photo Viewer to my graphics program. Unfortunately, it's entirely possible that when I get an update from Microsoft, those file associations will probably revert? At least my system works the way I want it to for now. Thanks for your help, cwaiii
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