Picture printing is not available without the Desktop Experience Feature on Windows 2008 Server

How to solve the error: “Picture printing is not available without the Desktop Experience Feature” on Windows Server 2008 when trying to open image files, or set default application to “Photo Viewer”.

Photo Gallery Viewer Error

The Cause

The Windows feature required to print from the default image viewer on Windows has been disabled.

How to solve this

To resolve this problem, install the Desktop Experience feature of Windows Server 2008.
To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Server Manager.
  2. In Server Manager, click Add Features under Features Summary.
  3. In the Add Features Wizard dialog box, make sure that the Desktop Experience option is selected.
  4. Click Next, and then click Install.
  5. After the installation process is complete, click Close, and then close Server Manager.

After you install Desktop Experience, you have to restart the computer.

 

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