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Windows 7: Where is the windows photo viewer default location?

11 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Where is the windows photo viewer default location?

Where is windows photo viewer (the application .exe file) located by default on windows 7 64 bit?

I am trying to set it as the default program to open certain picture files because an essential program I run needs those specific file associations to be made or it will not work. But every time I try to set windows photo viewer as the default program, windows asks me to browse for the application, and it is nowhere to be found on the computer (although I know it is installed and runs perfectly fine). I have tried preforming searches within the computer and just cant find the .exe file I need, someone please point me in the right direction.

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11 Aug 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

I use windows live photo gallery so i was unable to find it for you, i found wp gallery by typing windows photo viewer exe in the start search when i got a result i right clicked it and selected open file location,
another way to get the photoviewer as default viewer is to right click a photo and select open with then select choose default program, then select photo viewer from the list ,be sure to check the always use this prog for files of this type checkbox
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12 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

Windows Photo Viewer is run by dllhost.exe COM Surrogate. Basically, it does not have it's own exe file, only dll.

To start Windows Photo Viewer from command line you would have to use
%SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll", ImageView_Fullscreen %1
where %1 is a full path to a file.

I am not sure how this is going to work for you.
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25 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit

Hi There, I actually have a different need from the same issue of finding the exe file. My need is that I want to get this windows photo viewer.exe file so that I can install it on my windows xp PC as I am unable to find that through internet. So can anyone of you help me in finding out the exe file so that i may install it on my windows XP PC.
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26 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

As mentioned in the previous post there is no viewer.exe file. I very much doubt that the viewer is compatible with XP.
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19 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Windows Photo Viewer CommandLine

How do I control Windows Photo Viewer from the command line (or via a URL)?

I am scripting the command line to test if an image exists in a folder.
At the moment I am using an Open URL command to do this (in Filemakerpro) (Dont worry about that)
If the file is missing I get an error number(good). But if it is there it gets opened in Windows photoviewer.

Ideally I would like a command just to see it the file is there.
But for now I want to kill Photoviewer.dll using "TASKKILL" or closing it in the command line.
It is a .dll and not an .exe file, so
How do I control it from the command line?
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19 Mar 2014   #7

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

You should be able to set the association in the control panel.

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10 Apr 2014   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Hi, I'm trying this solution but it's not working. I'm trying to change the default program for .gif files from the current default of Internet Explorer to Windows Photo Viewer. In Control Panel > Default Programs > Set Your Default Programs, I highlight Windows Photo Viewer on the left, and it says "This program has 8 out of 11 defaults" at the bottom. I click "Choose defaults for this program", and it won't let me uncheck .gif files, so I have to check "Select All" (and then uncheck the two choices I don't want associated with WPV), click Save, again highlight WPV on the left, and now it says "This program has 9 out of 11 defaults" so I thought the change worked, but it's still using IE to open .gif's. What's even weirder is that I managed to temporarily change it from IE to Paint with a right-click Open With... > Choose Default Program, choosing Paint, and leaving "Always use the selected program..." checked... but after trying the Control Panel method again, it reverts back to IE!
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10 Apr 2014   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Forget Control Panel .

Find a .gif file and right click on it. In the menu choose "open with" > "choose default program"

Then in the window that opens up expand "other programs" and see if Windows Photo Viewer is in the list!


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10 Apr 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

THANK YOU -- at first I was going to say it's not listed under Other Programs, in fact there's nothing under Other Programs... but I just went in again and happened to notice the tiny carrot you arrowed to in your illustration, to reveal a host of programs to choose! Thank you again!
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