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JPG files not opening on windows XP

by dr1p / October 31, 2009 7:17 PM PDT

sorry but please help a total computer n00b.
recently my pc was infected with a virus and i had to get windows xp reinstalled.
the repair man kindly backed up my picture and video files of the family. the movie files are opening and playing as they should but my pictures files are not Sad
the folders show small thumbnail pics but when i open the folder i cannot preview any of the pictures. the are all saved as JPG files.
the message that comes up when i try to open with irfanview is

Can't read file header !
Unknow file format or file not found !

please help me as i have some pictures of my new born daughter taken 3 weeks ago and have not backed up onto an external harddrive.

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Re: can't open .jpg files
by Kees Bakker / October 31, 2009 7:24 PM PDT

Seems they are corrupted. Put on a USB-stick and try on a different computer to confirm that conclusion. Let's hope they show up well there. Then it's a problem with your irfanview or Windows.

Also try to open a few of such files from your backup harddisk. What happens?

Once you've got a better diagnosis, you'll find the best solution, I trust.


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by Kees Bakker / October 31, 2009 7:30 PM PDT

How do you open them? With doubleclick from Explorer/My Computer? Or with File>Open. Might make a difference. Try both.


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Re: JPG files not opening on windows XP
by Tufenuf / November 1, 2009 12:09 AM PDT

dr1p, You do have jpg files set to open with IrfanView in Options>Set File Associations?

If you do check out the 2 links below. I'd try the first link's instructions using the small, free Imgeditor program to reset the jpg files to the default Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and see if that fixes the problem. You can always change it back to IrfanView if you wish.

Repair image file type associations in Windows XP

Change the default image editor application, invoked from Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.


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