How to Troubleshoot “Invalid value for registry” Problem while Viewing JPEG Images

The “Invalid registry value” error is typical in Windows and usually occurs after a system reboot.

This problem occurs when not all files in Windows Viewer are updated. This article focuses on JPG/JPEG/PNG files, as they are the ones that are most often affected. The good news is that the “Invalid save value” error can be fixed and your images can be restored.

What causes the “Invalid value for registry” error?

In general, the main reason for the “Invalid registry value” error in Windows 10 is that registry entries from a previous version may remain intact (technically, they should be automatically deleted) when you update your computer or update applications in Windows. These old entries conflict with the system process. As a result, you cannot view these photos.

How to resolve the “Invalid registry value” issue?


Perform a driver update

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Click on Update and security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click Check for updates.

Updating the Windows photo viewer

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard, then type “Update” in the search box and press Enter.
  2. Click the Windows Update icon, then click “Check for updates.”
  3. If the photo viewer icon is displayed after you finish searching for Windows updates, check the box next to it.
  4. Then click “Install updates” to install Photo Viewer updates.
  5. If you are prompted to restart your computer, save your work, close all open programs, and then click “Restart”.

Performing an SFC scan

Perform an SFC scan

  1. Type Command Prompt or cmd in the search box.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt.
  3. Click Run as administrator.
  4. In the Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

Resetting the Photos application

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and go to Applications and Features.
  2. Then scroll down to “Photos” and click on it, then on “Advanced Options” and on “Reset” in the next window.
  3. Finally, uninstall the Photos app and reinstall it.

Frequently Asked Questions

An invalid registry value means that there is something wrong with some registry entries. The main reason for this error is that after upgrading to Windows 10, some registry entries from your previous Windows system remain intact and conflict with your current system.

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Type Update and press Enter.
  3. At the top of the window that appears on the screen, click the Windows Update icon.
  4. From the Add/Remove Programs menu, click the Check for Updates icon.
  5. Next to the Photo Viewer icon is a small box to check.

Press Win + X and type "Command Prompt" (Run as administrator). Use SFC to correct invalid registry errors. In the Command Prompt window, type: "sfc /scannow". Press the Enter key.