I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, with all updates installed. Suddenly, from some moment on today I can no longer open images with Windows Photo Viewer. I get " COM surrogate has stopped working " error if I try to open an image file. But I can see the preview of the image in the Explorer, as well as thumbnail. I can also open images with Paint. After the problem has started I have been sending some images through Skype. There I can double-click the icon and image opens fine in Windows Photo Viewer. I can also "scroll" and other images that are in same directory are being shown.
As a side note, I have just noticed that if I right click the Computer icon and choose properties, I get " Windows Explorer has stopped working " error. Windows Explorer then restarts itself. I don't get this problem for right clicking and opening properties for other files or folders. I suppose it is correlated to the image problem.
How can I solve this issue and continue using Windows Photo Viewer normally ?
There seems to have been another question regarding this issue here. But for that particular case, updating drivers worked. I have Nvidia 9500 GT, and Nvidia GeForce Experience program tells my drivers are up to date - even after clicking the "Check for updates" button.