I have a problem with XP in that it wants to ALWAYS use Windows Picture and Fax Viewer as the default and, yes, I went to Control Panel, Open With, and changed the default. It doesn't matter if the image is a proprietary image for a specific program or a TIF/JPG image. I can't get rid of it. I have other programs I NEED to use for these images, not Microsoft's garbage. HELP.
Disable Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
By default, Windows XP opens all picture files (gif,jpg,...) with the included Windows Picture and Fax Viewer no matter what other picture viewers you have installed. To disable the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, unregister shimgvw.dll. This can be done from command prompt:
regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll