How to Install a Photo Viewer

By Damarious Page

Veteran users of Microsoft's Windows operating system, or OS, might expect a basic application that helps users view photos. However, as the company periodically upgrades its OS versions, it also does the same to its photo viewing application -- including a name change. When Microsoft released Windows 7, the Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista was replaced with Windows Photo Viewer. Before you seek out a third-party photo viewing application, you might already have a free and native application in Windows. If you still cannot find it, then you easily install another photo viewing application either by Microsoft or third-party developers.

Step 1

Look for the native photo viewing program in Windows 7 by first clicking on "Start." Type "Windows Photo Viewer" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Click that link fromthe list of results on the menu to open the program and begin using it to view photos. If Windows Photo Viewer is not installed, then move to the next step.

Step 2

Open a Web browser, and navigate to the download website for any photo viewer, such as Microsoft's Windows Live Photo Gallery or Google's Picasa (see Resources).

Step 3

Click the button labeled "Download" on the Web page. Browse for a folder or drive letter (C: or D:) where the file will be stored. Click "Save." Wait and monitor the status window until the download is complete.

Step 4

Double-click on saved file from the hard drive. Select "Run" if a pop-up confirmation box appears on the screen. Read the terms of service and then click "I Agree."

Step 5

Click "Install." Wait while the photo viewer application automatically installs to the PC. Monitor the green progress bar as it moves from left to right. Click "Finish" when the installation of the photo viewer is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Administrator privileges may be required to install the photo viewer to the computer.