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Remove, wipe, uninstall windows photo viewer

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  • Started 2 years ago by AndyB
  • Latest reply from Hermitt
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AndyB
Posts: 5

After the last update all my file associations for pictures have all moved back to this stupid, useless windows photo viewer. At least I find it stupid and useless. No offence to those who love it.

I've had this before and I could never find out, how to really solve the problem. I was told to simply re-associate everything and leave the program alone as hard drive costs are low. I did.

But that is not the solution as it lurks on the drive, only waiting to push itself on me and destroy my efforts and time of manually re-associating the filename endings to represent what I prefer.

Has there been any progress by anyone on how to remove this pesky nuisance of a program?

Thanks.

Posted 2 years ago
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minigeek
minigeek
Posts: 353

Hi AndyB, and welcome to the forum!

I know that this is not quite the perfect solution, but how about a small script to change the associations? Then you would simply have to run it, rather than manually changing it back.

A batch file that simply runs the correct commands should do the trick.

The following code should do the trick for a jpg (will force it to open in IE):

ftype jpgfile="C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "%1"

(Thanks to here)

Here is a guide to batch files.

You could test the command at the command line (Run "cmd.exe")

MiniGeek

Posted 2 years ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Re-install the viewer you usually use, and let that take control back.
If that doesn't work, right click on the image file, select Open with.. and select your viewer. Set it as default viewer as well.

Posted 2 years ago
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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

In the folder of PhotoViwer there is a file called PhotoViewer.dll. Delete it with unlocker.
And now associate your files with another imageviewer.
If you use Irfanview you can tell it to set all the image extensions to itself and you'll be rid of that pesky PhotoViewer.

(deleting photoviewer.dll will also remove the rotate options from your rightclick menu btw.)

Posted 2 years ago
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AndyB
Posts: 5

Seems my answer got killed.

Thanks for the suggestions.

The solution with various modes of re-association could well work.

I termed this question "Remove, wipe, uninstall windows photo viewer" to make sure I get rid of this thing.
It seems this little gem is embedded much like IE was and not much progress was made in the last couple of years in extracting this thing.

Deleting the dll sounds promising - but I have 6 instances of photoviewer.dll. Delete all of them? Unlocker does not seem to work initially, so I'll try a restart and see if it does anything or just start as DOS. A lot of effort to stop Microsoft from telling me what to do and how to do it.

Thanks.

Posted 2 years ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Andy, none of your posts have been killed. They may not have arrived tho.
And any Windows programs that come with the install (although can be completely removed from the system) should not be, because you will/may have probs with Windows Updates in the future.
You can disable them tho.

Posted 2 years ago
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SarahJames
SarahJames
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6?
Where are they? I only deleted the one in C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Gallery.
But I work on Vista.

And you have to associate your image files with another viewer first or you'll get an error message if you try to open an image <LOL>.

You might have to do it again afterwards, which is why I suggested Irfanview, who gives a nice light viewer with the option to associate all the image files in one go and if you use the icons.dll plugin irfanview will use different icons for each filetype if you care for that. I don't, since I have my view set to thumbnails ;)

And if I remember correctly I also had to reboot to get rid of the dll.

Did a lot of rebooting recently, because of a clean install and one of the first things I wanted to get rid of was this!
And don't get me started on stopping MS from things - I just spend the best part of two days trying to find out why my Paintshop Pro plugins wouldn't work anymore, where they were working perfectly fine in the same version of Paintshop Pro and on the same OS in my previous install.
I just found out that is because this time I installed MS Office2010. Is that nuts or what???

Edit: posting a screenshot of your Photogallery folder would be nice, so I'd have an idea of what it looks like in 7 :)

Posted 2 years ago
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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

I got lots, too. C: is Windows 7, E: is Windows 8

Posted 2 years ago
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warlock
warlock
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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

No need to go and look for it in the Winsxs folder - éverything is there and touching it just gives a right old mess.
Just remove the one from the program folder and if you have two program folders (C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files(x86)) take it away from both of them.
But other than that it shouldn't be necessary to remove more (and be more prone to posing problems if too much is taken away).

Posted 2 years ago
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AndyB
Posts: 5

OK! I removed ALL the viewer dll's and have now got a system which does what I want - as far as viewing pictures at least.
Now time will tell whether the next Microsoft update will re-instate the files and I am back to square 1.

Posted 2 years ago
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vistamike
vistamike
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I have for a long time I never had windows to automatically update.
Set the update so you can select the updates your system might require (like security etc).
For others, wait a few weeks or months before installing the updates.
If you found the update causing the problem (s) just right click that update and click hide.

Mike

Posted 2 years ago
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bunalz
bunalz
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Personally, I think the best way to remove both "preview" and "rotations" is by adding dashes (I added about 10) in front of the CLSID, like this: ----------{123ABC-456DEF-gh78i9}

The registry key will be:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/SystemFileAssociations/***/ShellEx/ContextMenuHandlers/ShellImagePreview

Note: *** = concerned file association (eg: .jpg)

Posted 2 years ago
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Hermitt
Hermitt
Posts: 1310

By SarahJames - If you use Irfanview you can tell it to set all the image extensions to itself and you'll be rid of that pesky PhotoViewer.

I agree with Sarah 100%. Install IrfanView and set it as your default picture viewer.

EDIT: AH Jeez, I just noticed that this thread is 5 months old. LOL

Jim

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