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Windows 7: Photos do not open With any (almost) Windows Program

18 May 2017   #1

Personal Home Use Only Operating System Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601.2420
Photos do not open With any (almost) Windows Program

This is a very recent development.

I can no longer open pictures from most common Windows picture programs

There are two scenarios that play out when I double click on a picture file
- a quick flash around edges of the screen accompanied by a busy indicator (just for a second)
- busy indicator (never finishes)

Windows Photo Viewer
Windows Media Center
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Movie Maker

Oddly Slideshow still works from file explorer

They will open with:
Windows Paint
Microsoft Office 2010
Other non-windows programs

Anyone else have any experience with this?

System Specs:
Identifier : AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Name : AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Speed : 1.9 GHz
Physical Memory : 8 GB
Virtual Memory : 14 GB
Video Adapter
Name : AMD Radeon HD 7640G
BIOS : BR42549.bin
Chip Type : AMD Radeon HD 7640G (0x9903)
Dac Type : Internal DAC(400MHz)
Driver Version : 15.7.1
Driver Date : 10-25-2012
Provider Name : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Memory Size : 512 MB
Screen Resolution : 1440x900

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18 May 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

What photos ie .jpg .gif what are the files associated with ie default program to open them?
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18 May 2017   #3

Personal Home Use Only Operating System Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601.2420

Any file format, the program doesn't open.

The default had been Windows Windows Photo Viewer for .jpg

The majority of the files I have are .jpg, but it is the same result for any file type
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 May 2017   #4

Personal Home Use Only Operating System Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601.2420

Ok, I was able to fix this.

Apparently it was related to my AMD Catalyst Drivers. Specifically, the dopey 'Gaming Evolved' program that installs with it.

I reinstalled as custom vs express (something you wouldn't think you would need to do with drivers), and just skipped the Gaming Evolved part.

So far it looks like everything is working again.
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