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    Quick Fixes for “Invalid Value for Registry” Error in JPG/JPEG

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      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.

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      Methods to Restore JPG/JPEG with ‘Invalid Value for Registry’ Error

      1. Restore through software
      2. Open JPEG in another Photo viewer application
      3. Reset Photos App
      4. Update the latest drivers
      5. Update Windows Photo Viewer
      6. Change the registry settings

      Method 1: 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.

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      Method 2: 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.

      Method 3: 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

      Method 4: 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.

      Method 5: Update Windows Photo Viewer

      • Go to StartSettings > Update & Security Windows Update
        Select Check for updates
      • Check the Photo Viewer icon and click Install Updates at the bottom
      • When the updates finish Restart the computer

      Method 6: Change the registry settings (for technically aware users)

      • Log on to your PC as administrator
      • Click Win key + R, type regedit, and hit Enter
      • 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

      Method 7: 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 SFC scan 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 Enterinvalid value for registry error - Perform command prompt window type sfc /scannow
      Tips – 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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      Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


      1. Is there any way to prevent this from happening? (Asked by the users of our company experiencing this error.) I’m assuming not, as it is caused by Windows updates, updates need to happen, and it’s very normal to have to reset or refresh apps occasionally.

        1. Hi Abby,
          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. We think that you don’t often update your windows and if you faces this error then you can try some manual methods to overcome this error which are mentioned in the blog.

      2. The Reset Photos App is by far the most useful solution I have come across. It works 90% of time for Windows 10 users. Resetting deletes settings and cached data so saves memory too 🙂 Thanks!

      3. Thank you so much, I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t open up my photos after transferring from one account to another account because of the Windows 10 critical error thank you for the manual methods. It’s helped me a lot!

      4. Cool Article, Thanks for your explanation. I almost bought a piece of software to do this, I tried out on some corrupt files first.

      5. That’s a great way, I had a problem with my windows laptop, after the latest update. Whenever I try to open any jpg file, it will say “Invalid value registry”. The file name owns_cam_wil.jpg and its size 129 KB. So I looking the ways to fix this issue and found your blog on search. Thanks for the tip!

      6. I solve the error of invalid value of registry’ and I view our corrupt pictures with the help of given methods. I really appreciate!

        1. Hello Ash,

          Yes, the first time you to open Phots after an upgrade it will need to rebuild the iPhoto library. Learn how to rebuild the iPhoto library Read More

      7. Awesome Post! I tried Manual Method SFC on Windows 10. Now open to view the picture when I right click and Open with Windows Photo Viewer. I still can, t open them by double clicking, I still get the same error, but at least I can view photos. Thanks!

      8. I had purchased a new computer and Installed updated Windows 10. When I transfer photos from my phone into the computer and now I can’t open any of them. It shows the same ‘Invalid value for Registry’ error. Thanks for sharing restore methods to get back Jpg photos!

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