SOLVED! Windows Photo Viewer Not Printing Correctly

If you notice Windows Photo Viewer is not printing correctly, you should consider uninstalling the latest Windows updates. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to decompress compressed files before printing them. Depending on the situation, you should set Windows Photo Viewer as the default app, remove and re-add the printer, … Check out this article to be able to print via Windows Photo Viewer. 

A List Of Possibilities 

The number one cause for Windows Photo Viewer not printing correctly is the update of Windows. Updates such as the KB5000808, KB5001566, and so on could complicate the operating of Windows Photo Viewer. Aside from that, Windows Photo Viewer cannot print things that it’s unable to read. Last but not least, if the printer is experiencing issues, it’s only natural that there would be printing problems. 

Windows Photo Viewer Not Printing Correctly: Solutions

Uninstall Updates

  • Step 1: Press Win + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security, then choose View update history in Windows Update.
  • Step 3: Click Uninstall updates, locate recent updates, and uninstall them (Right-click > Uninstall).
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back, print something, then see how things turn out. 

Note: To know what to uninstall, visit and search for the latest Windows updates.

Decompress Compressed Files

In layman’s terms, there is no way to print compressed files using Windows Photo Viewer. If you want to print something in compressed files, decompress them. 

  • Step 1: Right-click the compressed file, then pick Extract files….
  • Step 2: Select the Destination path and choose OK.
  • Step 3: Go to the extracted folder.
  • Step 4: Open the files you want to print on Windows Photo Viewer.
  • Step 5: Make sure that the printer is on, then start printing. 

Set Windows Photo Viewer As Default 

  • Step 1: Press Win + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Choose Apps and select Default apps.
  • Step 3: Under Photo viewer, click the + button to Choose a default.
  • Step 4: Proceed to pick Windows Photo Viewer.

Run Printer Troubleshooter 

There is no doubt that printing problems could be the result of printers acting up. Hence, once it comes to Windows Photo Viewer not printing correctly, you should run printer troubleshooter. 

  • Step 1: Press Win + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security, choose Troubleshoot, and hit Additional troubleshooters.
  • Step 5: Locate Printer troubleshooter, click it and pick Run the troubleshooter.
  • Step 6: Click Yes to ‘allow this app to make changes to your device’.
  • Step 8: Follow on-screen instructions. Assuming that the troubleshooter manages to identify the root cause, hit Apply this fix.

Remove And Re-add Printer 


  • Step 1: Press Win + I to open Settings
  • Step 2: Select Devices and choose Printers & scanners.
  • Step 3: Pick your printer and click Remove device.
  • Step 4: Click Yes again to confirm.


  • Step 1: Go to Printers & scanners in Devices (Settings).
  • Step 2: Hit + Add a printer or scanner.
  • Step 3: Select your printer and choose Add device.

Set printer as default

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type ‘control panel’, and press Enter.
  • Step 3: Choose Hardware and Sound, then select Devices and Printers.
  • Step 5. Right-click your printer and hit Set as default printer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Print Using Windows Photo Viewer?

  • Step 1: Right-click the photo you want to print, hover the mouse over Open with and pick on Windows Photo Viewer.
  • Step 2: Select Print, and from the drop-down menu, choose Print again.
  • Step 3: Find your preferred printer from the drop-down menu under Printer, decide the Paper size, and set the Paper type
  • Step 4: Hit Print.

What Must Be Done If I Cannot See My Printer?

If the printer you wish to add does not appear in the list of printers, you should first ensure that it is connected to the PC. 

  • Step 1: On the Printers & scanners settings, click on The printer that I want isn’t listed.
  • Step 2: Add it manually using one of the options by following on-screen instructions.

Does Windows Photo Viewer work On Windows 10?

Windows Photo Viewer has been phased out in Windows 10 and is no longer available in the latest versions of Windows. If you have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 then there is a good chance that you are using Microsoft Photos.

Tips And Tricks

  • The best file format for printing images is TTIF.
  • Run your antivirus software whenever your PC acts up.
  • Ensure all your wireless printer connections are working properly before trying to print.
  • Unless you set your PC to automtic update,  you should check for updates every now and then.




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