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Windows 7: Windows Photo Viewer Won't Open Load past "Loading..."

23 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM
Windows Photo Viewer Won't Open Load past "Loading..."

For some odd reason my Photo Viewer get stuck on "Loading..." when I open any image file. However, if I click the slide show button, the image loads up just fine.

Any idea's on what the issue is?

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23 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit

Can you be more specific about your issue.

One bug I've discovered is this:

If you add recent items to the start menu and open a picture from the library, when that file is added to recent items and clicked on it wont load.
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24 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM

Well basically whenever you open a picture file it should open Windows Photo Viewer, then show "loading..." then load the photo. My Photo Viewer sticks on "loading..."

I am not sure why it doesn't go past that. It eventually never loads the picture. However, clicking on the slide show center button makes the picture appear full screen
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05 Nov 2009   #4
H Luaibi

windows 7

Hi there!
I have exactlythe same problem: whenever I try to open a picture in the Windows Photo viewer, the word "loading" appears and nothing happens. I don't know know how to solve the problem. Do you have any new ideas. My computer is tablet PC , windows 7. Yesterday I was able to open my photos but not anymore.
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05 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

I used to have the same problem in Vista. There's a fix for it but it kept reoccurring after a while. Some database corruption I think. I got tired of it and found a better free app for viewing images.

I suggest downloading, installing & using a better free image viewer called Faststone Image Viewer and making that your default imaging viewing app, so when you click on pictures they will open in Faststone. It's a lot better and faster than Windows Photo Viewer.

Faststone may not be the best free editing app out there (although it's not bad), but for image viewing I don't think there is anything better.
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06 Nov 2009   #6
H Luaibi

windows 7

Thank you for your message. I downloaded Faststone Image Viewer. It is great compared with the Window photo viewer. It has a full editing system. that isgreat. I don't really edit my photos with photo viewers because they are usually designed to be viewer. I usually use photoshop. My windows photo viewer worked today for about 5 minute andthen it stopped. That is strange. Once again thank you for the useful information.
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06 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 RTM

I fixed the problem. It was because I deleted all the color profiles in the system32 directory. Once restored, everything should work perfect again.
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10 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hello threefiftyli
I actually have the same problem. How did you manage to restore your color profiles?
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16 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional

Yes can you please tell us how to restore this color profiles in system32, i googled this phrase and nothing of usefulness showed up. I'm very frustrated that after installing a new OS for the past 3 hours, that something as simple and elementary as the photo viewer doesn't work. I also am having a problem with opening any of the standard games that come in the windows 7 game explorer, but I'm not sure if the two problems are related.
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17 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 RTM

I never deleted my old color profiles, I just moved them to a temp folder. So by "restoring" them I just moved them out back to the original directory (C:\...system32\spool\drivers\color)

I touched these files because I color calibrated my lcd and I didn't think I needed the original profiles defaulted by windows.

If you haven't touched these files, then its a different issue entirely.

Going to the control panel -> color management will show you some of the original profiles that come with windows
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