Fix: Photos App Not Opening In Windows 10

As with the case of other universal apps offered with Windows 10, the Photos app also fails to open at times. Since the Photos app is the default image viewer in Windows 10 and the fact that classic Windows Photo Viewer is turned off by default, many users are having difficult times in opening picture files in Windows 10.

Photos app not opening in windows 10

The Photos app refuses to open or closes soon after launching. In some cases, the Photos app opens but doesn’t load image files.

If you’re also having issues with the default Photos app in Windows 10, you may try out the following troubleshooting tips to resolve Photos app issues.

Run the following command at PowerShell

If the Photos app is not opening, try to execute the following command in the elevated PowerShell. The PowerShell can be launched as administrator by typing its name in the Start menu search box, right-clicking on the PowerShell entry, and then clicking Run as administrator option.

In the PowerShell, copy and paste the following command and then press Enter key to execute the same. The process might take up to a minute to complete and you might see some errors. Once done, try launching the Photos app.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Reinstall Photos app

If the above solution didn’t help you, reinstalling the Photos app is the probably the best way to fix the app. In order to reinstall the app, you need to uninstall the app first, and then install the same from the Store again. You can refer to our how to reinstall the photos app in Windows 10 for step-by-step directions.

Set Windows Photo Viewer as default image viewer

Reinstalling the Photos app should fix its issues. But if reinstalling also didn’t help, you can try enabling the classic Windows Photos Viewer program which was the default photo viewer in Windows 7 and previous versions. You just need to make a small edit to the Registry to enable it.

Go through our how to enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 and how to set Windows Photo Viewer as default in Windows 10 guide for detailed instructions and ready-made registry files.

Restore Windows 10 to a previous date

If the Photos app was working a couple of days ago, you can try restoring Windows 10 to a previous date using one of the available restore points. Refer to our how to restore Windows 10 to an earlier date guide for instructions.

Install a third-party image viewer

Although it’s true that the Photos app offers plenty of ways to edit pictures, there are tens of free apps as well as traditional programs around to help you open all kind of picture formats.

You can use classic programs like IrfanView, Windows Live Photo Gallery, XnView, and FastStone Image Viewer. And if you would like to install an app from the Store for the same job, try out Fotor, Photo Fast Viewer, and 123 Image Viewer HD.

If none of the above solutions helping you to fix the Photos app issue and you can’t live without it, try resetting Windows 10.


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