Windows 10 Photos app is slow to open or not working

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 fix the problem by following these suggestions. In Windows 10 Microsoft replaced Windows Photo Viewer with the Photos app. While it’s a great app, it may give you problems at times.

Windows 10 Photos app is slow to open

If you face this issue, here are a few things you can do.

1] Reset Photos app

The very first thing you should do it to reset the Photos app on your Windows 10 machine. To do this, open Settings panel > Apps > Apps & features tab. Now, scroll down and find out Photos and select the Advanced options.

Windows 10 Photos app is slow to open

From the next screen, first try to Repair it and see. If it doesn not help, click on the Reset button to initiate the process.

Fix slow or not working Photos app in Windows 10

It may take few moments to complete the process, and your Windows Store app will be reset to its default settings.

2] Reinstall Photos app

PowerShell is a convenient tool when you need to uninstall any pre-installed app in Windows 10. To do so, open Windows PowerShell with administrator privileges and enter this command-

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers

Fix slow or not working Photos app in Windows 10

Then, note down the full package name of Microsoft.Windows.Photos . In my case you will see:


Now enter this following command next and hit Enter-

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2017.35071.13510.0_neutral_split.scale-125_8wekyb3d8bbwe | Remove-AppxPackage

Once the app is installed, open Windows Store and search for Microsoft Photos and install that app right from the Windows Store.

Alternatively, you may use our 10AppsManager uninstall, reinstall Windows 10 preinstalled Store apps easily with a click.

These two solutions should help you solve the slow Photos app issue in Windows 10. However, if the problem persists, you may enable Windows Photo Viewer and set it as default photo opener.

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