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You cannot view pictures by using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in Windows XP

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
When you try to view pictures by using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in Microsoft Windows XP, the pictures are not displayed as expected. However, when you view the pictures by using Microsoft Paint, the pictures are displayed as expected.

Note Some of the picture thumbnails may not be displayed in Windows Explorer.
CAUSE
This problem occurs if the Shimgvw.dll file is no longer registered.
RESOLUTION
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To resolve this problem, register the Shimgvw.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 %systemroot%\system32\shimgvw.dll, and then click OK.
  3. When you receive a message that resembles the following, click OK:
    DllRegisterServer in C:\Windows\System32\shimgvw.dll succeeded.
  4. Close Windows Explorer, and then try to view the picture again.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
REFERENCES
For more information about problems when you try to view pictures in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
329270 You cannot view TIFF images using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
Properties

Article ID: 921048 - Last Review: 07/06/2006 22:04:10 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • kbtshoot kbprb KB921048
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