The Photos app has been redesigned to align with the new visual design of Windows 11. Some features include rounded corners, Mica material, and updated typography styling. However, many users still prefer the Windows 10 version of Photos.
The Windows 11 Photos app doesn’t have the Spot Fixing and Red Eye tools. If you’re wondering how to get back the missing features in Windows 11, this post is for you.
Option 1: Install “Microsoft Photos Legacy”
Photos Legacy is the app for Microsoft’s Legacy Collections, Albums, and Video Editor. Be empowered to do more with your photos and videos. Easily view, edit, compare, create albums, and make movies of your special memories.
The filmstrip shows all the items from that location and lets you jump to other photos while staying immersed in the experience. You can also compare photos and videos in the same app window using the multi-view mode. This is activated by selecting multiple items from the filmstrip interface.
In the toolbar, you’ll get to work with editing, mark-up, favoriting, metadata, and have quick access to third-party photo editors. Enjoy your photos edge-to-edge and distraction-free by easily hiding the toolbars. Whether you are viewing or editing your photos, the Photos Legacy experience is intuitive, elegant, and seamlessly woven into the fabric of Windows 11.
You can download Microsoft Photos Legacy via the Microsoft Store:
Option 2: Install Windows 10 Photos App on Windows 11
You can download the Appx installer package for the Microsoft Photos app version
[SHA256 Hash] CBF96EFB42F0BE23DCF42707FCFC598A9E17A09D4587E4BB68CE50C93C58E963
After downloading the files, rename them accordingly, exactly as given above.
Need another version of the Photos app or any other app?
If you want to download the installer package for any other version of the Photos app, visit the following site:
Microsoft Store - Generation Project (v1.2.3) [by @rgadguard & mkuba50]: https://store.rg-adguard.net/
On the above portal, paste the following URL:
Select “Retail” and generate the download links.
Note: That’s how we downloaded the Microsoft Store app, as mentioned in the Reinstall Microsoft Store article. Using this method, you can get the AppX installer file for almost any Store app.
Run the Appxbundle file on your Windows 11 computer. It will prompt you with the following message:
Microsoft Photos is already installed Newer version already installed You already have a newer version 2022.31070.26005.0 of this application installed. Are you sure you want to reinstall version 2022.30070.26007.0?
That’s it. This installs (i.e., downgrades the inbox Photos app version) the Windows 10 version of Photos on Windows 11.
Stop Store App Auto Updates
- Next, open the Store app, and access the Settings page.
- Turn off “App updates.”
Note that after doing so, you’ll need to update each app manually in the future.
However, there is no guarantee that “Option 2” will work in future versions of Windows 11.
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