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In Windows 8, it seems the old Windows 7 Photo Viewer has been replaced by the Photos app, or at least I can't find it - the wikipedia page states it is included in Windows 8...

The Photos app doesn't seem to have functionality to navigate through images in the current folder (Previous/Next) like Windows Photo Viewer did. So when I want to navigate photos in some folder that's not part of my Pictures Library I need to open and close them one after the other - a pain.

Is it possible to access or install Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 8? Or am I missing something in the Photos app that provides this functionality?

I'm sure there are tons of third-party desktop apps that can browse photos, but I enjoyed the Windows 7 one as it was. Or is there a third-party metro app in the store that does this job well in full screen?

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There is Windows Photo Viewer of Windows 7 in Windows 8. Just right click on the image you don't want to open with Photo Viewer and then choose open with option you will see the Windows Photo Viewer there.

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You can set it default by choosing the option Choose Default Program and select the Windows Photo Viewer and you will able to open the images in the Windows Photo Viewer by default for that format of images. For other formats which are not opening by default in the Windows Photo Viewer you can follow the same method for them to open by default in photo viewer.

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Doh.. I installed and the prompt "There are new apps that can open this type of file" afterwards didn't show it as an option, and I couldn't find it by searching in Apps/Start Menu either, so I had the impression it wasn't there at all. Thanks! – mtone Nov 4 '12 at 6:58
There is not a lot changes in the Windows 8 regarding the apps they are still providing the old apps of Windows 7 for Windows 8, just they have change some performance issue and some new programs to make it user friendly. Let's see how much user like it over Windows 7. – avirk Nov 4 '12 at 7:05
If the Photos app could browse Next/Previous in the current folder like Photo Viewer that'd be pretty neat and a worthy Metro app IMO. – mtone Nov 4 '12 at 7:07
"We can't vote for the features to MS" - There's, but who knows if they even listen? – Karan Nov 4 '12 at 16:49
That's why we are all here, trying to fix their mistakes and missing features! :D – Karan Nov 4 '12 at 16:52

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