Photos App Opens Extremely Slow in Windows 10? Apply these solutions

The Photos app in Windows 10 may be slow due to various reasons, including outdated software, insufficient system resources, large photo library, or corrupt app data.


Did you notice the default Windows 10 picture viewer to open any image, takes extremely long to load after the black interface opens?  You are not alone Number of users report Picture Opens Very Slow in Windows 10 Photo App after recent windows update. A few others while opening a photo either on desktop or in a folder it takes 30 seconds to one minute sometimes longer before view it, well open the image in another viewer or even in paint is way faster. Well If your Windows 10 Photos app is slow to open & takes a long time to load, or if it is or not working at all, then you can fix the problem by following the solutions below.

Windows 10 Photos app Slow to Open

If you notice when you first time opens the photos app it’s open very slowly but If the Photos application is already running, other images open in it instantaneously. Here the quick solutions worked for me.

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Disable online connectivity

  • Open photos app and click settings,
  • Here Disable the Microsoft OneDrive and People (off)
  • Now Scroll down until you see “Video”, here Under “Use hardware –accelerated video encoding”, if the option is “on” turn it “off”
  • That’s all close the app and try to open any image if this helps.

Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Run the build-in Microsoft store apps troubleshooter that automatically detect and fix problems related to Windows 10 apps.

  • Type troubleshoot in Windows Start Search box and Click Troubleshoot
  • Scroll down to the bottom and select Windows Store Apps
  • Click Run the Troubleshooter and follow on-screen directions
  • This will start to diagnose windows 10 app problems if found any the troubleshooter tries to fix them itself.
  • Once done restart your PC and check if this helps fix the photos app problem.

Reset photos app windows 10

If running the store app troubleshooter didn’t fix the problem, you should try to reset the to its default settings following the steps below.

  • Use Keyboard shortcut Windows + X and select Settings
  • Now click Apps then Apps & Features
  • Locate Photos by Scrolling Down and Click Advanced Options
  • This will open a new window with the option to Reset the app,
  • Click it and click yes when asking for confirmation, This will reinstall or revert the app to its default settings.

Reset photos app

Update the Photos app

Now the next step you have to check is to update the photos app following the steps below.

  • Open Microsoft Store from the start menu
  • Click 3 horizontal dots on top right
  • click on Downloads and Updates
  • Now check if there is any update for this app If yes, update it.

Re-register the photos app

Here another effective solution must fix the photos app problems.

  • Open Powershell as an administrator,
  • Copy and paste the following command on the PowerShell window and press enter key to execute the same.

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Once done restart your PC and check photos app open normally.

Reinstall Windows 10 photos app

Still need help lets to reinstall the app following the steps below.

Note: we recommend creating a system restore before performing the following steps.

  • Right-click on Windows 10 start menu and select PowerShell (admin)
  • This will open PowerShell with administrative privileges,
  • Now Copy the below command and right-click in Powershell to paste it press enter key to remove the photos app.
    get-appxpackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | remove-appxpackage
  • Restart your PC and open PowerShell (admin) again,
  • Next Use below Powershell command to install the photos app
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”

Alternatively, you can search for Microsoft photos on the open Microsoft store to install the app from there.

Download Microsoft photos app

Did these solutions help fix Windows 10 photos app problems? Let us know in the comments below.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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