The JPEG file extension is a compressed file format for storing digital photos taken with a digital camera. It is compatible with many photo-viewing programs and is a widely used photo-sharing format. Of course, for a variety of reasons, such as a hard drive error or memory problems, the JPEG header can become corrupted. Once it is corrupted, you cannot view the file as it was originally saved. With the free IrfanView program, you can re-save your JPEG header so that you can restore it to its original function.
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Launch your Internet browser and navigate to http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm. This is the IrfanView download page. IrfanView is a freeware image viewer for Microsoft Windows, that can decode JPEG files as well as can convert image files and play both audio and video.
Click on the download link of your choice to download the IrfanView program. Save the file to your desktop. Double-click the download file to install it onto your computer. Restart your computer.
Double-click the IrfanView icon to open the program. Click "File," "Open." Double-click the corrupt JPEG header you want to fix. IrfanView will decode the JPEG header so that it will no longer be corrupt.
Click "File," "Save As." Choose "JPG -- JPG/JPEG Format." Name your file and click "Save." This will re-save the JPEG header in the correct format.
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