Windows 10 cannot open JPG files

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Windows 10 is an excellent operating system with many new features, but this does not mean that there are no problems that every operating system seems to encounter from time to time. One of the most common problems is the inability of Windows 10 to open one JPG image file . This is a common problem that recurs from time to time. Just try to live with the fact that there is no perfect operating system, and as such strange things will happen that shouldn’t even happen.

The disadvantage of this problem is the fact that many Windows 10 users work with photos every day. Making a simple task unnecessary can be boring, to say the least, but don’t worry, there are ways to get things back on track.

Windows 10 cannot open JPG files

OK, let’s look at some options that might solve the problem that your Windows 10 is not able to open JPG files.

1] Reset app

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The very first thing to do to reset app photos on your Windows 10 machine. 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 the Photos application

Probably the reason JPEG files can’t be opened has a lot to do with a bug in the Photos application. We recommend that you reinstall the UWP application and see if it helps.

Press Windows + S first, then enter PowerShell. Right-click the file and select Run as administrator. Once the PowerShell is fully operational, execute the following command :

get-appxp *Microsoft.Windows.Photos* | delete-appxpackage

Once the Photos application is deleted, simply go to Microsoft Store, locate Microsoft Photos and download and reinstall it.

You can also use CCleaner to uninstall the application with a single click.

3] Select Default Photo Viewer if not already installed

Compared to the Photo application, the Photo Viewer is faster although it does not offer some of the interesting features. However, if you’re not already a fan of the Photo application, that’s enough.

We need to restore the photo viewer. It was available in earlier versions of Windows, but with Windows 10, Microsoft decided to omit it in favor of the Photo application.

Follow this registry manipulation to restore the Windows Photo Viewer to Windows 10, or use our UltimateWindows Tweaker to activate it with a single click.

Download our free Ultimate Windows Tweaker software, navigate to tab Additional and click Enable Windows Photo Viewer and click Apply.

When you have done this, right-click any image file and you will see it in the context menu Open with.

You will also see that it is offered as a default photo viewer if you wish.

To make Photo Viewer the default program to open JPEG and all kinds of images on your computer. Simply open the Settings application and select System > Standard Applications > Photo Viewer > Photos.

Finally, select Windows Photo Viewer from the list and from there, everything should work as expected.

If all else fails, it may be time to download another image viewer from the Internet.

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