Summary: The ‘Invalid Value for Registry’ JPEG error is common with Windows operating system. Usually, the registry error appears after upgrading Windows to a new version. There are chances that after the upgrade, not all files of the Windows Photos app or Photo Viewer are updated, consequently leading to the invalid value for registry error in JPEG/JPG files.The good news is that there are both software and manual methods to overcome this error.
I am unable to open JPEG images taken from DSLR on my Windows 10 PC. I get “Invalid Value for Registry” error. I need to open them urgently. How can I fix the issue?’
However, it is highly recommended to take a full backup of your photos in an external storage media, before performing any manual method to restore JPG/JPEG files with Invalid Value for Registry error. This ensures you are safe in case of any kind of photo loss situation occurring due to troubleshooting.
Methods to Restore JPG/JPEG with ‘Invalid Value for Registry’ Error
Restore through software
Open JPEG in another Photo viewer application
Reset Photos App
Update the latest drivers
Update Windows Photo Viewer
Change the registry settings
The software method: Restore through Stellar application
Manual repair methods can be taxing and do not always assure restoration of JPG/JPEG images showing ‘Invalid Value for Registry Error.’ Thus, if you want to avoid stressful and uncertain manual methods, use the trusted and advanced Jpeg Repair Software. It is a secure DIY tool to repair corrupt or damaged JPG/JPEG photos.
Manual Method 1: Open JPEG in another Photo viewer application
This is the first thing you should try in case of registry errors in JPEG files. Open the JPG/JPEG images with other photo viewer applications, apart from the built-in Windows Photos app. Just right-click on the JPEG/JPG file and choose from applications to view the image. You can also pick the image viewing app in the Microsoft store to open your photos.
Manual Method 2: Reset Photos App
This is for Windows 10 users. Resetting will delete settings and cached data from the Photos App on your system. Follow the below steps to reset Photos app:
Go to Start > Settings > System > Apps & Features
Click on Photos app
A box appears, select Advanced Options and click the Reset button
Manual Method 3: Perform Drivers update
In the Start tab type Device Manager. Select Device Manager from the list displayed
Expand Display Adapters and right click on the graphics driver listed and select Update Driver
Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
Manual Method 4: Update Windows Photo Viewer
Go to Start> Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update Select Check for updates
Check the Photo Viewer icon and click Install Updates at the bottom
On the left pane and go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\Repository\Families\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_8wekyb3d8bbwe directory
Here you will find several entries each with a version number, like Windows.Photos_15.1201.10020.0_etc. If this folder contains 8 Microsoft Windows Photos App entries, it means half (4) are outdated. If it has 4 entries, 2 are outdated and so on. The outdated entry is the lower version number. Delete one by one all the outdated entries.
To delete outdated entries, select an outdated entry, right-click, and open Properties
Select Security and open Permissions
Click Advanced in Select User or Group window
Select Find Now, select your username and click OK
Now right-click on the outdated entry and choose Delete
Do the same for each outdated entries
Reboot your PC
Manual Method 6: Perform SFC scan
Note for Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 8 users: Before running the SFC scan, run the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) on your system while others can directly perform SFC scan. To run DISM follow the below steps:
Press the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin)
Type the following command and press Enter: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the process
Now perform SFCscan as below:
In the Search box, type Command Prompt or cmd
Right-click Command Prompt
Click Run as administrator
In the command prompt window type sfc /scannow and press Enter
TIP: In the process of fixing JPEG ‘Invalid Value for Registry’ error by any of the manual method, if you happen to lose any photos, use Stellar Photo Recovery to recover your lost and deleted photos/videos etc., from the computer or other storage media.
Unlike manual techniques, the software approach is easy and hassle-free. But always use safe and secure JPEG repair application that is free from any malware and efficiently repairs all kinds of corruption in the photos without hampering the original quality of the photo.
If you are successful in resolving the “Invalid Value for Registry” JPEG error through any of the above technique, do share the same with us in the comment box below.
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