Microsoft Photos is a standard Windows 10 application. It is present on Windows 10 when you install the operating system and is the application to use for viewing photos if you do not have another program to do so. .

If you choose to install another photo viewer, you will need to change the default Windows 10 app, i.e. replace it with something other than Microsoft Photos.


Windows 10 Photos app missing?

The standard Windows 10 apps are present as soon as the system is installed, but many of them can be uninstalled. If you want, you can remove the ones you don’t need, but Microsoft Photos being one of the main applications in the operating system, it’s not easy to uninstall (although it is still possible). If you can’t find the Microsoft Photos app, try the solutions described below.

Reinstall the Photos app on Windows 10

It’s possible that you uninstalled the Microsoft Photos app, or an app you installed did it for you. In this case, you must reinstall the application. You can do this from the Microsoft Store or through PowerShell.

To install Microsoft Photos from the Microsoft Store:

  • Go to the page Microsoft Photos on the Microsoft site.
  • Click on Get.
  • Open the app Microsoft Store when the browser prompts you.
  • Click on Get, then on Install.
  • Microsoft Photos will be installed on your computer.

Reinstall the Photos app via PowerShell

  • Open Windows PowerShell as administrator since start menu.
  • In the PowerShell window, run the command below and press the key Entrance :
$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘AppxManifest.xml’
  • Microsoft Photos will be installed on your computer.
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Note : restart the computer if the application does not appear.

Reset Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store app can cause issues with other apps. The Microsoft Photos app may be present on your system, but the Microsoft Store may prevent it from opening. Try to reset the app.

  • Press the keyboard shortcut Windows + R to open the dialog Execute.
  • In the run box, enter the command wsreset.exe and press the key Entrance.
  • A Command Prompt window opens and closes on its own.
  • The Store app will be reset. Try to open the Microsoft Photos app.

Run the troubleshooter

Microsoft Photos app is a Microsoft Store app, and Windows 10 has a troubleshooter that can help troubleshoot issues with these kinds of apps.

  • Open the app Settings with the keyboard shortcut Windows + I.
  • Go to Update and security.
  • Select the tab Problem resolution.
  • Click on Additional troubleshooting utilities.
  • Select Windows Store apps.
  • Apply any fixes it recommends.
  • Restart the computer.


Microsoft Photos app is the best photo viewer Microsoft has ever developed. That said, if you’re determined to use it and it doesn’t reappear with any of the fixes listed above, create a new user account and it will be there.

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