When comparing Irfanview vs Windows Photo Viewer, the Slant community recommends Irfanview for most people. In the question“What are the best image viewers for Windows?” Irfanview is ranked 2nd while Windows Photo Viewer is ranked 9th.
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Pro Some editing tools included (cropping, color correcting, etc...)
Pro Lots of plugins available
Plugins can be found here.
Pro Batch processing
Even exif information can be batch processed.
Pro You can just scroll with your mouse to explore images
Pro Recognizes virtually any image format
Pro Ultra fast
If you press and hold the right-arrow button (for displaying the next image), you can watch images pass by as if they are a video, it's that fast. No stuttering, it loads images as fast as your hard drive can keep up.
Pro Can use 8bf (Photoshop) filters
It load instantly
Pro Preinstalled for win 7/8
If you are win 7/8 user, then it already preinstalled
Con UI is far from ideal
Sometimes the interface is confusing.
Con Windows only
Con GIF viewing is buggy
GIF viewing has longstanding problems like flickering, incorrect framerate or artifacts, and it is very unlikely that it will be ever fixed.
Con Preferences are hard to find
Con Doesn't support GIF
GIF image won't load.
Con Not Cross Platform
Exclusive for Windows 7/8 user.
Windows Photo Viewer is deprecated in Windows 10 in favor of Microsoft Photos . It's inherited from Windows 7 or 8 if you upgraded the system to Windows 10. It's not in it if you installed Windows 10 from scratch.