Can't Transfer My SD Photos to Computer


Before, I would plug my SD photos in and then I could use Windows 10 Photo Viewer to transport my photos to Windows Photo Viewer. But somehow I lost
my Windows Photo Viewer. Now when I plug my SD into the computer I can't
transfer my photos to my screen. I tried YouTube, but that didn't help.
Any solutions?

humble dude

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Clarification Request
Is this a Windows 10 machine?

If so I'd start using another method to get your pictures copied out. But for W10, there was no Photo Viewer unless you upgraded from another Windows. No matter, try the fix at

"if you perform a clean installation of Windows 10—or buy a PC with Windows 10 already on it—you can’t access Photo Viewer at all. The interesting thing is that Photo Viewer is still there. It’s just hidden and you’ll have to make a couple of Registry edits to have it show up. After you do that, you can then set it as your default photo viewer."

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Re: photo's

If in File Explorer you doubleclick a file on the SD card, it opens in the default photo viewer. Usually that is the Windows 10 Photos app, but you can set another program (even, after doing the trick Proffitt links to) the old Photo Viewer, that is discouraged by Microsoft. tells how.

Please note that looking at a picture doesn't transfer it to your computer. It stays on the sd-card. If that gets damaged or you lose you've nothing left. If it's full you must either delete pictures or buy another card.
That's why it's recommended to copy the photo's from the SD card to your hard disk and then to a backup device, if you prefer not losing them.

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Registry Edits?

Yes, I have Windows 10. Proffitt, can you explain how I would do Registry edits based on what you said so I could get my Windows 10 Photo Viewer back:

"you’ll have to make a couple of Registry edits to have it show up. After you do that, you can then set it as your default photo viewer."

Thanks everyone for helping me,


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I'd use the method from the article I linked to.

I see they made it easy with at download under the section "Step One: Enable Photo Viewer in the Registry".

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