Full fix: Windows 10 Photo Enhancer not working

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  • If your Windows  10 photo enhancer is not working, this will stop you from being able to edit photos, but you can always use an app like Adobe Photoshop.
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Windows (Microsoft) Photos would be a great photo-editing app if there weren’t so many bugs. There are many things going for it, but it seems that, when it comes to stability, this app falls short for many users.

One of the commonly-used features is the Photo Enhancer which, as the name says, fixes your photos for you in a single click. But, it seems that this nifty retouching tool stopped working recently.

In order to address this, we prepared a list of available solutions and aligned them in the list below. At least one of those should help you address the matter at hand, so don’t hesitate.

How can I fix Enhance your photo mode issues in Windows 10?

  1. Download Adobe Photoshop
  2. Run the built-in troubleshooter
  3. Update Windows 10
  4. Reset the app
  5. Reinstall Windows Photos
  6. Try sticking to local photos only
  7. Try an alternative

Solution 1 – Download Adobe Photoshop

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If your Photo Enhance is not working in Windows 10, the easiest solution is to use an alternative. The best photo enhancement and editing tool available on the market right now is Adobe Photoshop.

This software tool has a wide range of features and options. It can be downloaded and installed in just a couple of steps, without the hassle of a complex process with confusing steps.

Photoshop is the first choice of beginners and professionals, mainly because of its plethora of editing tools and the ease of use.

The large number of brushes, filters, and photo effects add to the complete experience that Photoshop offers. Besides that, the customizable workspace with lots of easy-to-use options is another big plus.

Frame tools, slicing tools, magic wand, symmetry mode, white balance, color gamma, and color correction are just some of the many features in Photoshop that can help you enhance your photos.

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Solution 2 – Run the built-in troubleshooter

The first troubleshooting step is the built-in part of Windows 10. Since the Photos app is an integral part of the Windows 10 workflow, there’s the dedicated troubleshooter which deals with app issues.

The idea was for UWP apps to take over, but even the built-in ones, like Photos and Mail & Calendar, fall short. There the Store Apps troubleshooter comes into play.

Here’s how to run the dedicated troubleshooter and try fixing the Photos app and the “Enhance your photo” mode:

  1. Right-click Start and open Settings.
  2. Open Update & Security.windows photo enhancer not working
  3. Select Troubleshoot from the left pane.
  4. Highlight the Windows Store apps troubleshooter from the end of the list.
  5. Click on the “Run the troubleshooter“.windows photo enhancer not working

Solution 3 – Update Windows 10

The number of times Microsoft changed Photos app since its inception on Windows 8 can barely count. In concerns to the issue we’re addressing today, they removed the automatic enhancement options a few releases back.

Now you’ll need to apply this to every individual photo. And even that, obviously, won’t function as initially intended. If this was a minor problem, Microsoft might’ve put it under the rug.

However, since there were (and still are) lots of complaints, they had to do something. And, seemingly, they did.

That’s why we encourage you to check for the latest updates. In addition, make your way to Microsoft Store and check for updates there, as well.

Here’s the whole route:

  1. Open Settings and navigate to Update & Security > Windows Update and Check for updates.windows photo enhancer not working
  2. Wait until the available updates are applied.
  3. Navigate to Microsoft Store and click on the 3-dot menu.
  4. Choose Downloads and updates.windows photo enhancer not working
  5. Update Windows Photos.

Solution 4 – Reset the app

As you’re probably aware, one can’t uninstall the Photo app. It’s a successor to Windows Photo Viewer and the main competition to Google Photos.

You can, on the other hand, reset the app to factory values. This won’t meddle with your photos, so don’t worry about it. It’ll just clear all pilled-up cache and, basically, refresh everything as it’s the first time you’re starting the app.

Here’s how to reset the Photos app in Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps.
  3. Under the Apps & features, search for Photos.
  4. Highlight the Photos app and open Advanced options.windows photo enhancer not working
  5. Scroll down and click Reset.windows photo enhancer not working

Solutin 5 – Reinstall Windows Photos

Yes, we said you can’t remove Windows Photos. But that doesn’t exclusively mean the app can’t be reinstalled. Of course, this requires a more complex approach than the previously suggested solution.

In order to reinstall the Windows Photos app (or any built-in app, for that matter), you’ll need to use PowerShell. Follow these steps to reinstall Windows Photos in Windows 10:

    1. Right-click Start and open PowerShell (Admin).
    2. In the command-line, type the following command and press Enter:
      • get-appxpackage *Microsoft.Windows.Photos* | remove-appxpackagewindows photo enhancer not working
    3. Wait until the app package is reinstalled and restart your PC.
    4. Open Photos and check the Enhancing feature again.

Solution 6 – Try sticking to local photos only

If we have to name one distinctive advantage Windows Photos bring is direct access to cloud storage. Of course, here we refer to Microsoft’s-own OneDrive.

You can, without downloading, access all photos stored in OneDrive. However, there are some reports that this causes the slowdowns and additional issues with Windows Photos.

Especially if you’ve changed the default OneDrive locale on your PC or the photos are only online-stored.

Because of that, we recommend unlinking the OneDrive and Windows Photos ( if this link isn’t a dire need). You could still access all photos on your local storage. Here’s how to disable OneDrive for Windows Photos:

  1. Open Photos.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu and open Settings.windows photo enhancer not working
  3. Under the Microsoft OneDrive, disable “Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive“.windows photo enhancer not working
  4. Close Photos and restart PC.
  5. Open Photos again and check whether the Enhance feature works.

Solution 7 – Try an alternative

Finally, if you’re fed up with the inconsistency and lack of stability in Windows Photos, we suggest checking out on alternative options. There are so many alternatives when it comes to batch photo editing.

We’re aware that the concept of the unified ecosystem with built-in tools is great, but Windows Photos is just a subpar in comparison to third-party applications. Especially when the breaking points are filters, retouching, and automatic enhancement.

Make sure to check the list of best photo-editing tools available for Windows 10. But don’t forget to take a look at solution 2 because Adobe Photoshop is the best option that you can hope for.

In case you’re aware of an additional tool, make sure to tell us in the comments section below. Also, leave there any other questions or suggestions that you may have.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows 10 Photo Enhancer

  • Does Windows 10 have a photo editor?

You can use the Photos app inside Windows 10 to edit your photos. Options include filters, cropping, and different effects.

  • What do professional photographers use to edit their photos?

In order to edit photos, photographers use specialized software with loads of editing options like Adobe Photoshop.

  • What is the executable for Windows Photo Viewer?

There is no .exe file for the Windows Photo Viewer as the app was part of  the Windows app package. Now it has been discontinued and replaces with the Photos app.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2018 and has since been updated in April 2020 for freshness and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2018 and was revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.