How to Repair Windows Picture & Fax Viewer


The Windows Picture and Fax Viewer will automatically open when you select an associated file. Sometimes another program has been installed that took its place as the default image program. Occasionally, if the program is uninstalled, the association with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer does not get restored. In addition, the application can be corrupted and not start at all.

  • Click on “Start” and then click on “Run.”

  • Type “regedit” and press the “Enter” key.

  • Press “Ctrl\" + \"F” on your keyboard. This will bring up a “Find” box.

  • Type “shimgvw.dll” in the Find box, then click the “Find next” button.

    This will bring you to the following location:


    Right-click on the “Shimgvw.dll” folder and select \"Delete.\"

  • Close the Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

  • Click on “Start,” click on “Run,” type “CMD” and click “OK.” This will bring you to the command prompt.

  • At the prompt, type:

    regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

    Press your \"Enter\" key on your keyboard to execute the command.

    You should receive a message that says \"regsvr32 succeeded.”

    If you received an error, then you must type this command:

    regsvr32 %systemroot%\system32\shimgvw.dll

  • Reboot your computer one last time for the changes to take effect. The next time you click on an image, the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer will properly load.

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