How to fix Photo Viewer can’t open this picture’ problemTime: May. 9, 2020
Are you unable to open images in Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10, 8, or 7 computer?
Is it giving ‘Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture' error?
Windows Photo Viewer is a default program to view photos in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
However, there are several cases reported about Windows Photo Viewer not able to open CR2, NEF and
other image file formats, along with this error message.
Common reasons for getting ‘Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture' error
·Windows Photo Viewer is not updated
·Image file is not supported by the program
·Photo is corrupt
·Picture has encryption
·Software conflict on your computer
1. Update Windows Photo Viewer
Software updates can fix bugs and other issues. Thus, updating Windows Photo Viewer might fix the problem.
Steps to update your Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10:
Go to Start> Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update
·Select Check for updates
·Check in the box next to the Photo Viewer Click Install Updates
·Wait until the updates finish and then restart the computer
2. Open photo in different application
Windows Photo Viewer supports only JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, BMP, DIB, and WDP file formats.
If the image file is of different format, open it in another supporting application. You can use Adobe Photoshop,
IrfanView, Photo Retouch, Raw Image Viewer etc.
3. Convert image to different format
When an image file format is not supported by Windows Photo Viewer, you can convert the file to JPEG, TIFF,
or PNG which can be viewed in Windows Photo Viewer.
This will fix the ‘Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture'problem. However, this method will compress
the large-sized high-resolution photos. But now you can at least view them in the program.
4. Repair image with a photo repair software
The image file might be corrupt if,
·Unable to open in Windows Photo Viewer and other applications
·Updating Windows Photo Viewer or converting to another file format didn't help
In such a case, try out a photo repair software because your photo is most likely corrupt, due to which it is showing the error.