How to fix JPEG File Error: 'Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture'

Have you ever suffer with this error message when you are trying to view your pictures in Windows Photo Viewer/Gallery: 

“Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because the file appears to be damaged, corrupted, or is too large.”

My picture file extension was. Jpg. I found some solutions of the error. Here are all: 


1. Try to open them in another program and resave them. You can do it by changing the default program which Windows uses as default. Open Default Programs by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Default Programs. 

In Default Programs, you can set default programs accordingly to your choice. Try these steps to do this task: 

a. Right click of the images, open properties, click Change.

b. In ‘Open with’ window, open Other Programs and select Windows Photo Viewer as default program or other program which you want to open with.

c. Click Ok, all your images will open in Windows default photo viewer.

2. Download and install irfanview - do you still get the same message? 

If the irfanview is not open them. Then the files are corrupted.

In some cases, it also shows following error message, "Can't read file header'. This error message also a indication of corrupt file. 

3. Try to move the images to another machine and try to open it again. If the images are get open, then it will sure that your machine has a problem. If the image are not get open then the images are most likely get corrupted. In this case, the image itself can't be reconstructed. You can repair damage jpg pictures by system restore. I have already described the full procedure in this post. 

4. If you are still unable to resolve this error, it means your jpg file has severe corruption which only be fix by third party JPEG Recovery Software. These software fix all possible JPEG Or JPG file corruption errors & repair file in few simple steps.

Hope the solutions will help you to resolve this error message “Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because the file appears to be damaged, corrupted, or is too large.”


  1. didn't work at all for my files!!

  2. HI Maryam,

    Can you please share the error message?

  3. Correction, sorry all files are .jpg some issues, majority of pics no issues and views fine.

  4. This does not work for me.

  5. Try opening those files in google chrome it might open if the file is really not corrupted

  6. Wowww..! It worked for me.

    Thanks a lot


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