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Jakemahn

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This may also be an issue in later Windows iterations, since I found a lot of references to fixing it in Win 7 and mentions of it in both 8 and 10 as well.

I didn't notice this absence until a friend recently emailed pictures taken w/ his iphone of a document he wanted to share, and I couldn't view them. I had chosen to open them, rather than saving them to files and when I was asked which app to use to open them, this utility - Windows Picture and Fax Viewer - was missing!

Tried searching for a solution, including on this site, to no avail. Then I specified XP in the search engine and found this answer, which took about 15 seconds and worked! So I'm starting this thread just to share the info with y'all. It's from a site, www.tech-recipes.com, that is still a tremendous resource of help tips, hacks, and tutorials with a huge knowledge base. Here's the copy and paste:

http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/767/...s-picture-and-fax-viewer-to-preview-pictures/

XP: Windows Stopped Using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer To Preview Pictures
Posted November 9, 2004

You are finally addicted to XP’s built-in picture preview, and now it is gone away. Here is how to redo it.


By default, XP uses Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to preview pictures. Getting accustomed to this takes some time; however, once you are, it is hard to go back.

Several programs, when installed, try to take over the role of picture preview. This is very difficult to reverse. Here is how you do it.

  • 1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the textbox type the following: regsvr32 shimgvw.dll
    4. Click OK
You may or may not have to reboot to see your changes.
Love this kind of help and I hope someone else finds it useful.
 
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flavallee

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I agree with Liz.
I use IrfanView 4.42 and its plug-ins pack in all of my Windows XP and Windows 7 computers for opening and viewing and editing photos/images. (y)

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Didn't work for me; I got this message:
"LoadLibrary("shimgvw.dll") failed - Invalid access to memory location.
 

TulsaRose

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Didn't work for me; I got this message:
"LoadLibrary("shimgvw.dll") failed - Invalid access to memory location.
In the Run dialogue, type in exactly as shown: regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Following the instructions given:

  • 1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the textbox type the following: regsvr32 shimgvw.dll
    4. Click OK


 
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Cookiegal

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Jakemahn,

I've edited your post. When quoting from other sources please use quote tags and also provide a direct link to the article being quoted in order to avoid any copyright issues. Thanks for understanding.
 

plodr

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Passepartout22 appears to have hijacked someone else's thread from March.

Please start a new thread of your own Passepartout22 and state your issue. At this point we have no idea what "didn't work for me" refers to.
 
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