The Windows 10 Photo application is slow to open or does not work

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If your Windows 10 Photos application is slow to open and takes a long time to load, or if it works or not at all, then correct the problem by following these suggestions. Under Windows 10, Microsoft has replaced the Windows photo viewer with the Photos application. Although this is an excellent application, it can sometimes cause you problems.

The Windows 10 Photos application opens slowly

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If you are facing this problem, here is what you can do.

1] Reset Photos

The very first thing to do to reset the Photos application on your Windows 10 computer. Open the Settings tab > Apps > Apps & Features. Now scroll down to Photos and select Advanced Options

Click the Reset button on the next screen to start the operation.

The process may take a few moments and your Windows Store application will reset its default settings.

2] Reinstalling app

PowerShell is a handy tool if you need to uninstall a preinstalled application in Windows 10. Open Windows PowerShell with administrator privileges and enter the following command –

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers

Then note the full name of the Microsoft.Windows.Photos package. In my case, you’ll see:


Enter the following command and press Enter-

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2017.35071.13510.0_neutral_split.scale-125_8wekyb3d8d8bbwewe}}. Remove AppxPackage

Once the application is installed, open Windows Store and locate and install Microsoft Photos directly from the Windows store.

Alternatively, you can use our 10AppsManager to uninstall and reinstall preinstalled applications from Windows 10 Store Apps with a single click.

These two solutions should help you solve the problem of slow photo applications under Windows 10. However, if the problem persists, you can enable Windows Photo Viewer and set it as the default photo opener.

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