Removing Windows Photo Viewer


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OREALLY

I can't seem to get rid of this program which just adds context menu
clutter. How can I delete it. Seems I have no security control either!

Oreally
 
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Paul

OREALLY said:
I can't seem to get rid of this program which just adds context menu
clutter. How can I delete it. Seems I have no security control either!

Oreally
Is that part of the Windows Live installation ? Or the built-in
Windows Photo Viewer ? The Windows Live installation would probably
have the word "Gallery" in it.

This thread suggests a method to remove the Windows Photo Viewer.

http://www.sevenforums.com/music-pictures-video/70284-how-disable-windows-7-picture-viewer.html

"To remove Photo Viewer, you have to run Regedit.
Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / SystemFileAssociations / image / ShellEx / ContextMenuHandlers
and delete the key ShellImagePreview.

Make sure you backup your registry before you do
that - just in case you mess it up."

What that key contains is what looks like a CLSID.
When I export that key on my WinXP machine, the contents
look like this. @="{e84fda7c-1d6a-45f6-b725-cb260c236066}"
And searching the registry using that value (the part from e..6),
should dig up a reference to the actual program. If I do that in
Regedit, I get %SystemRoot%\system32\shimgvw.dll is the
viewer. So it's not actually a .exe in the case of WinXP.
I'm only pointing that out, to explain what that string of
characters is for. It's to identify, via a further lookup
in the registry, what procedure gets used to open the photo
viewer.

If you export that key, before you delete it, that'll give you
a file to use later to put it back. The file type will be .reg,
but you can change the extension to .txt and open with Notepad
for a look.

HTH,
Paul
 

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