Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


Why doesn't Windows Photo Viewer support animated .GIFs?

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Kaljinyu


  • Members
  • 337 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:08:33 AM

Posted 19 August 2014 - 01:13 AM

I'm not having any technical trouble, I know it's not supposed to support .GIF animations. I just need help understanding why the choice was made. Someone smarter than me must know. 


Windows XP had a general use image viewer. So why for the future did Microsoft decide to take all of the features out except for the ones that let you see still images? It's a step backwards, I'm struggling to try and understand why this is. This "Windows 7 Ultimate" doesn't seem very "ultimate."

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

    OBleepin Investigator

  • Moderator
  • 37,046 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Bloomington, IN
  • Local time:07:33 AM

Posted 19 August 2014 - 01:33 AM

That question is answered here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pix/archive/2007/06/05/faq.aspx#q12


In summary, they do not view animated images as photos which they intend Windows Photo Viewer to manage.


~ OB :cherry:

Help us help you. If HelpBot replies, you MUST follow step 1 in its reply so we know you need help.

Orange Blossom

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

SpywareBlaster, WinPatrol Plus, ESET Internet Security, NoScript Firefox ext.


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users