In Windows XP, the Photo Printing Wizard is the utility that automatically appears when you right-click an image and select "Print." Additionally, the wizard appears when you click the printer icon while looking at an image in the Picture and Fax Viewer. However, this may not be the desired behaviour if you have another photo printing application that you prefer. The Photo Printing Wizard and Picture and Fax Viewer are tied to a DLL file registered within Windows. Remove the registered DLL file, and the Photo Printing Wizard will no longer appear when you print an image.
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Click the "Start" button, and then click "Run."
Type "cmd" without quotation marks in the "Run" window and press "Enter." This opens a Windows XP command prompt.
Type "regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll" and press "Enter." Windows displays a window containing the message "DllUnregisterServer in shimgvw.dll succeeded." Click "OK" and close the command prompt.
Right-click an image file, and then click "Print." Windows should now display a message stating that the file "does not have a program associated with it for performing this action."
Tips and warnings
- After removing the Photo Printing Wizard, you will need to associate a different application with printing images. You can do this by uninstalling and reinstalling your preferred printing application, or double-clicking the "Folder Options" icon on the Control Panel.
- After disabling the Photo Printing Wizard, you will find that the Picture and Fax Viewer no longer works. This is because the two applications are tied together. Additionally, you will no longer be able to change your user icon in the Windows XP Welcome Center after disabling the Photo Printing Wizard. To enable it again, return to the command prompt and type "regsvr32 shimgvw.dll."
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