As it happens most of the times with other apps in , the also fails to open at times. The Photo app is the default image viewer of 10 and the classic Windows Photo Viewer is disabled by default so many users find it difficult to open image files in Windows 10.


The Photo app refuses to open or close soon after launching and in some cases it does opens but doesn’t displays the image.

If you’re also facing these issues following is the way to troubleshoot the problem.

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 search box, right-clicking on the PowerShell entry, and then clicking Run as administrator option.

Now in PowerShell copy and paste the following command and then press enter. The process might take a minute or two and when it’s done relaunch the Photo app.

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

Reinstall Photos app

If the above solution doesn’t help, try uninstalling and then reinstalling the app from the store.

Set Windows Photo Viewer as default image viewer

Reinstalling the photos app should fix the issue but if the problem still persists you can try enabling the classic Windows Photos Viewer.

Restore Windows 10 to a previous date

If the Photos app has just stopped working recently you can try to restore your Windows to a previous date by using one of the available restore points.

Install a third-party image viewer

Although the Photos app offers plenty of ways to edit pictures, there are tons of free apps you can use for the same purpose.

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 these methods work and you just can’t live without Photos app try resetting your Windows 10.

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