Installing Windows Photo Viewer on RDS

Few posts on the internet of how and why but il just get to the bit where we get it working…

Normally you would install Desktop Experience but this includes a lot of tools that you probably wont need.


To install Windows Photo Viewer on an RDS server there are three simple steps you need to follow:

  1. Copy the “C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer” folder into the program files folder on the RDS server.
  2. Open a Command Prompt with administrator permissions and run the following:
    “Regsvr32 C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll”
  3. Import the three .reg files into your RDS server registry.
Download Reg Files


No reboot is required. You should now have Windows Photo Viewer!

This will work on Server 2012 and also Server 2016.

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