Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Programmatically open multiple instances of Windows Picture and Fax Viewer on XP

I have not figured this one out yet.. Under normal behaviour Windows Picture and Fax Viewer (WPFV) for XP only allows you to open one instance of the application at any one time. Someone did find a hack way to open 2 copies by bringing up the print wizard screen before opening the next file but that's not good solution.

To launch a image file using WPFV you run the command line
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen Imagefile.Tif
If anyone does figure it leave the solution in the comments section if you please.

Update July 2012:
I have not been able to find a way to open this app more than once. We ended up writing our own simple replacement for WPFV instead.

Photo viewer in windows 7 does support multiple instances. This means the issues goes away once you upgrade to Windows 7.

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  1. there is a work-around:


  2. That really isn't a programmatic way to do it. I would list that as a work around. Really you best option is to deploy MODI from the sharepoint 2007 package