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#1 Timmah339

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 17:43

i was just fooling around with my computer the other day and noticed that there is no shortcut to the windows photo viewer in the start menu, or anywhere for that matter. i know that the photo viewer executes out of a .dll in the C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer folder, obviously. i traced the process back to dllhost.exe using the task manager, and i want to create a shortcut to it, but i don't know how to create shortcuts to programs which execute out of dll's. any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks.


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Posted 28 February 2009 - 19:23

Does it not come with the Windows Live Essentials Package?

#3 Elliot B.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 19:24

Does it not come with the Windows Live Essentials Package?

Nope, you're thinking of Windows Live Photo Gallery.

#4 Chris-Gonzales

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 19:30

Right click a photo, click open with and then chose "windows photo viewer"

I don't know why, but they made it extremely hard to find, and I saw a shot of a new verson of that, it has the ugly white command bar and no glass controls...

#5 OP Timmah339

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:38

i can open it by clicking on a picture, but i want to make a shortcut so i can open just the program itself. you'd think they'd put a shortcut to it in the start menu. btw, if any of you are running the win7 beta and have a shortcut in your start menu, that would definitely solve it, lol.

#6 Denis W.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:41

i can open it by clicking on a picture, but i want to make a shortcut so i can open just the program itself. you'd think they'd put a shortcut to it in the start menu. btw, if any of you are running the win7 beta and have a shortcut in your start menu, that would definitely solve it, lol.


That wouldn't make too much sense. Remember XP's folder viewer? You couldn't execute it as an application; it was invoked by opening an image. Besides, Windows Photo Viewer doesn't have an "Open" button.

#7 OP Timmah339

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:00

That wouldn't make too much sense. Remember XP's folder viewer? You couldn't execute it as an application; it was invoked by opening an image. Besides, Windows Photo Viewer doesn't have an "Open" button.

but the program itself opens as a standalone app, so why couldn't i create a shortcut/script to open it? i would, but i don't know how.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:12

but the program itself opens as a standalone app, so why couldn't i create a shortcut/script to open it? i would, but i don't know how.


I assume it invokes rundll32.exe with parameters, much like how Vista's Windows Photo Gallery does as well.

#9 OP Timmah339

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:13

I assume it invokes rundll32.exe with parameters, much like how Vista's Windows Photo Gallery does as well.

EXACTLY!! that's what i've been trying to get at. does anyone know what parameters i need to add to get it to run the dll as an app?

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:16

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Gallery\WindowsPhotoGallery.exe"

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:22

but the program itself opens as a standalone app, so why couldn't i create a shortcut/script to open it? i would, but i don't know how.


Actually, the Windows Photo Viewer is part of Windows Explorer, and generally runs in the Explorer.exe process. In fact, what you're calling the Photo Viewer is really just the "preview" verb for images. It isn't a standalone application, and opening it without an image or images doesn't really make any sense.

If you want the equivalent of Vista's Photo Gallery application, then you need to install the Windows Live Essentials.

#12 Shadrack

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:26

Use to drive me nuts when an applications overwrote Photo and Fax Viewer as the default way to open images. Now I use the Picasa photo viewer that came with version 3, and like it more than the built in windows one.

#13 Panda X

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:34

Actually, the Windows Photo Viewer is part of Windows Explorer, and generally runs in the Explorer.exe process. In fact, what you're calling the Photo Viewer is really just the "preview" verb for images. It isn't a standalone application, and opening it without an image or images doesn't really make any sense.

If you want the equivalent of Vista's Photo Gallery application, then you need to install the Windows Live Essentials.

So it's an extension to explorer?

#14 Chris-Gonzales

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:34

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Gallery\WindowsPhotoGallery.exe"

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This is windows 7, not XP/vista

Use to drive me nuts when an applications overwrote Photo and Fax Viewer as the default way to open images. Now I use the Picasa photo viewer that came with version 3, and like it more than the built in windows one.



The fax viewer in 7 is a serous joke. Big time UI fixing needs to be in place.

#15 OP Timmah339

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:50

there is no WindowsPhotoViewer.exe in windows 7, and if you go to task manager, right click the open Windows Photo viewer application, and click go to process, it runs back to dllhost.exe. the app is run with dllhost.exe running an application out of a dll in the Windows Photo Gallery directory. the dll is photoviewer.dll. all i need to do is make a shortcut with the line dllhost.exe "%program files%\Windows photo viewer" and then with a parameter at the end. i just need to find what the parameter is.



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