How to disable and restore QuickTime support in Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Summary

Windows Live Photo Gallery uses Apple’s QuickTime SDK to preview and playback all QuickTime content.
We have discovered that under certain rare circumstances, preview and playback of this content can be unreliable. Under these circumstances, users in this situation who do not want to wait for an updated version of QuickTime from Apple may want to disable this feature.

INTRODUCTION

This article describes how to disable and restore support for QuickTime content in the Windows Live Photo Gallery.

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Disable support for QuickTime

The following batch file will automatically perform all the steps that are required to disable support for QuickTime.

To create and run the batch file that will disable support for QuickTime, follow these steps:
  1. Copy the text the next section, "Batch file to disable QT support."
  2. Paste the text into Notepad.
  3. Save the document to your desktop as "DisableWLPGQT.cmd," and then exit Notepad.
  4. Run the batch file. To do this, follow the appropriate step:
    • In Windows Vista, right-click the DisableWLPGQT.cmd file, and then click Run as administrator.
    • In Windows XP, make sure that you are logged in as a user who has administrator credentials. Then, double-click the DisableWLPGQT.cmd file.
  5. Restart the computer.
QuickTime content is now disabled in the Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Batch file to disable QT support

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;-DisableWLPGQT.cmd
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@echo off

setlocal

echo Running this batch file will disable QuickTime support in Windows Live 
echo Photo Gallery.  If this is not what you want to do, press Ctrl+C now, or
pause
echo.
echo.

set GalleryRegPath=HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery
if /i "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%" EQU "amd64" (
    set GalleryRegPath=HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery
)

echo Step 1: Disabling Quicktime control use in the Windows Live Photo Gallery
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath% " /v "DisableQuickTime" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
echo.
echo.

echo Step 2: Removing Quicktime types from the list of known file types
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mov" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".qt" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mp4" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mqv" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mqt" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gp" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gpp" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gp2" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3g2" /t REG_NONE /f
reg.exe add "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gpp2" /t REG_NONE /f
echo.
echo.

echo Step 3: Deleting IExtractImage handlers (you can ignore errors if you've run this before)
reg.exe delete HKCR\.mov\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.qt\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.mp4\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.mqv\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.mqt\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.3gp\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.3gpp\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.3gp2\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.3g2\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe delete HKCR\.3gpp2\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
echo.
echo.

endlocal

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Restore support for QuickTime

At any time, if you want to restore support for QuickTime content in Windows Live Photo Gallery, follow these steps:
  1. Copy the text in the next section, "Batch file to Restore QT Support."
  2. Paste the text into Notepad.
  3. Save the document to your Desktop as "RestoreWLPGQT.cmd," and then exit Notepad.
  4. Run the batch file. To do this, run the appropriate step:
    • In Windows Vista, right-click the RestoreWLPGQT.cmd file, and then click Run as administrator.
    • In Windows XP, make sure that you are logged in as a user who has administrator credentials. Then, double-click the RestoreWLPGQT.cmd file.
  5. Uninstall Windows Live Photo Gallery.
  6. Reinstall Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Batch file to restore QT support

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;- RestoreWLPGQT.cmd
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@echo off

setlocal

echo Running this command will remove suppressed file types from the registry
echo so they will be included in the Windows Live Photo Gallery.  If this is
echo not what you want to do, press Ctrl+C now, or
pause
echo.
echo.

set GalleryRegPath=HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery
if /i "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%" EQU "amd64" (
    set GalleryRegPath=HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery
)

echo.
echo Step 1: Disabling Quicktime control use in the Windows Live Photo Gallery
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath% " /v "DisableQuickTime" /f
echo.
echo.

echo Step 2: Remove Windows Live Photo Gallery suppressed file types
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mov" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".qt" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mp4" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mqv" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".mqt" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gp" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gpp" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gp2" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3g2" /f
reg.exe delete "%GalleryRegPath%\SuppressFileTypes" /v ".3gpp2" /f
echo.
echo.

echo Step 3: Adding IExtractImage handlers
reg.exe add HKCR\.mov\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.qt\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.mp4\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.mqv\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.mqt\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.3gp\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.3gpp\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.3gp2\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.3g2\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
reg.exe add HKCR\.3gpp2\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} /ve /f
echo.
echo.

endlocal

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Article ID: 944563 - Last Review: June 21, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Windows Photo Gallery
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