How to Fix “Windows Photo Viewer Can't Open this Picture” Error?

Today, I tried to open my saved JPEG photos in Windows then “Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture” error appeared on the screen. I tried to view some other photos but got the same alert continuously. I really can't understand the reason behind such messages. Are my files damaged? Is it possible to repair the corrupted JPEG photos? Could you please help me to fix the error message completely? Thank you so much for help in advance.

Windows Photo Viewer is a default application which comes with all version of Windows including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. It is compatible with all the image formats including JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF etc. It also allows the users to edit their photos using its tool in easiest way. But sometimes, many users detect that when they attempt to view their JPEG photos using Windows Photo Viewer then an error message appears on the screen which is mentioned below:-

“Windows Photo Viewer can’t open this picture because either Photo Viewer doesn’t support this file, or you don’t have the latest updates.”

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What are the main reasons behind such error message?

There are lots of factors which are responsible for the annoying error messages on the screen. The most common reasons are discussed below:-

  • File is not compatible with the image viewer application.
  • Selected file is corrupted or damaged.
  • Virus or malware infection in the PC.
  • Incomplete installation of photo viewer program.
  • Extra large file with higher resolution.
  • Using other compression or encryption software.

How to Repair JPEG Files in Automatic Way?

If you are unable to view the JPEG files due to corruption then experts advise you to make use of JPEG Repair Software. It is one of the best tool available in the market which is capable to repair all the damaged files in just effective way. Even more, you can also use the software to restore the permanently deleted JPEG files even without compromising its actual quality. This tool is capable to perform deep scanning in the system using its high level algorithms. The best part of the software is that it comes with easy-to-use interface which can be handled by the non-technical users also. You can download the working efficiency of the tool by downloading its trial version now.

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Jpeg recovery is one of the best solutions to recover deleted picture from jpeg files because of some special features which can not be ignored:-

  • Auto detect and handle the jpeg pictures encoded by digital camera
  • Recovers all picture in a folder and optionally picture in sub folder
  • Recovers all data including metadata
  • Easy to use and user friendly interface
  • No technical knowledge is required
  • Ensure proper recovery of picture via trial version
  • It can be used in all cameras

Features of Jpeg Recovery Software:-

  • Jpeg recovery software can recover the images from all types of file format like jpg, jpeg, doc, giff, excel, mp3, mp4, and dat etc.
  • Jpeg recovery software supports all types of digital camera and most of the jpeg optimizer is a program that compresses image files to the jpeg format with real time.
  • It supports Sony, Samsung, Kingston, Toshiba, Hitachi, and SanDisk etc. as brand supports and External HDD like SATA, ATA, SCSI, DEI, Hard Disk Drive, Memory card, Memory stick, SD card, multimedia card and micro drive as media support.
  • Jpeg recovery software is designed in such a way that it can recovers digital photo file from even those media which is defected and damaged, as well as the accidentally deleted picture from storage media.
  • Jpeg recovery software will easily works with all type of digital card reader and successfully recovers deleted, formatted and even lost digital photos on removal media.

Processor : Pentium Class or higher class processors

Operating System : Windows (Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 2003) and Macintosh (Mac 10.4 x tiger, 10.3.9 Panther, and 10.5 x leopard)

Memory : At least 256MB of RAM(recommended)

Hard Disk : 30 MB of free disk space

There are few user guide steps for Windows operating system that will help in recovering all the damaged photos with ease:--

Step 1:-Install the software and Launch it. The first screen will appear on the screen. You need to click on "Recover Photo, Audio & video" option.




Step 1: Select the desired location or drive to recover the lost files.




Step 3:Choose the specific file format from the Advanced settings and click on Scan Now button to begin the scanning process.




Step 4: You can also choose specific region i.e. Starting and ending sector.




Step 5: The software will detect all the media files and you can see it during the scanning progress.




Step 6:A list of all the detected files will appear on the screen.




Step 7:You can also change the view of the file to see it clearly.




Step 8:Finally, click on Recover option after selecting the files.




Following User Guide for Mac will help you to recover the lost photos and videos in few steps:

Step 1:-Download and install the software. Now, you need to launch the application. From its first screen, you need to click on "Recover photo, Audio, & Video" button.




Step 2:Select the desired drive or location from where you want to restore the images and click on "Scan Now" option.




Step 3:You can see the scanning progress on the screen.




Step 4: It will show the list of files which can be recovered. You need to select your file and click on Recover option.




What You Can Photo Recovery

Graphics & Picture

JPG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, CRW, CR2, NEF, ORF, RAF, SR2, MRW, DCR , WMF, DNG, ERF, RAW, etc.

Supported Devices

  • Digital Camera

  • Memory Card

  • Computer Hard Drive

  • USB Disk

  • Removable Drive