The Universal Photos application is the default photo or image viewer in the Windows 10 operating system. The classic Windows Photo Viewer, although it has not been removed from Windows 10, the program is disabled by default and you must enable the Photo Viewer Windows. to make it the default photo viewer in Windows 10.
The new Photos app is not just an image viewer, it also offers basic tools for editing and optimizing images. Provides options to add various effects and filters to photos. With the Photos app, you can crop, rotate, straighten, and retouch your images. The application also allows you to remove red eyes from images.
If the Windows 10 Photos app won’t open, crashes immediately after startup, or displays an error, you can fix these problems by reinstalling the Photos app. However, like any other default Windows 10 app, the Photos app cannot be uninstalled through the Settings app. In this guide, we will see how to easily uninstall and then install Photos app in Windows 10.
Method 1: uninstall Photos app via PowerShell and install it
Method 2: uninstall Photos app using CCleaner and then install the same
Method 1 of 2
Reinstall Photos app in Windows 10 using PowerShell
Step 1: Open PowerShell as administrator. To do this, type PowerShell in the Start menu or in the search box on the taskbar, right-click the PowerShell entry in the search results, and then click Execute as an administrator option.
Click the Yes button when the User Account Control message is displayed.
Step 2: In elevated PowerShell, type the following command and hit the Enter key to uninstall the Photos app.
get-appxpackage * Microsoft.Windows.Photos * | remove-appxpackage
This should remove the Photos app. If not, follow the next three steps.
Step 3: Type the following command and press the key login in to see all installed applications.
Step 4: Scroll down, find the entry called Microsoft.Windows.Photos, and copy its PackageFullName into the Notepad program.
Tip: To quickly find the Photos app entry, the right button of the mouse In the PowerShell title bar, click change, click on Find, gender Photos, then click Find next button.
To copy PackageFullName, select PackageFullName (see image below), then use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C to copy it.
Step 5: Run the following command to uninstall the Photos app.
In the above command, replace PackageFullName with the PackageFullName of Photos application that you copied to notepad in step 3.
Step 6: Now that we’ve uninstalled the Photos app from Windows 10, it’s time to install a fresh copy from the Store. To do this, open the Store app by clicking the Store app tile in the Start menu or by searching for it.
Step 7: Once the Store starts, type Microsoft Photos in the search box, click the Microsoft Photos entry, and then click the Free button. If the Free button is not active or if you are setting the Open button instead, close the app once and then relaunch the Store app.
Depending on the speed of your internet connection, the application should be installed and ready to use in 2-10 minutes.
Method 2 of 2
Reinstall the photos app using CCleaner
Those of you unfamiliar with PowerShell can use the popular (free) CCleaner software to uninstall the Photos app and then follow the instructions mentioned above to install the Photos app from the Store.
Step 1: Download the CCleaner app and install it on your Windows 10 PC, if it isn’t already installed.
Step 2: Start CCleaner, click Tools and click Uninstall to see all installed applications.
Step 3: Look for the entry called Photos, the right button of the mouse on it and click Uninstall button to uninstall it. Click the OK button when the confirmation dialog appears.
Step 4: Once the Photos app is uninstalled, open the file Windows store application type Microsoft Photo In the search box, click the Photos app to open its page, then click Free to install the Photos app. Simple as that!