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FIX: Pictures not showing up in MCE

It seems that there is a handful of applications that are causing headaches for some MCE users.  Applications that are known (anecdotally) to cause difficulties with MCE’s My Pictures functionality include:

  • Adobe Photoshop 7
  • Microsoft Office 2003


When browsing photos in My Pictures in the standard Windows XP interface, the images all appear in the folders as expected.  However, when browsing this same folder via the Media Center 10–foot interface those same images do not appear in the folders.  This may affect all image types, or only certain image types may be hidden from view (example: TIF or JPG images only may be hidden).


It appears that some applications are making changes to the PerceivedType property in the Windows XP registry.  Windows XP Media Center Edition expects to see PerceivedType = image for files that are shown in the My Pictures interface.

Fix / Workaround:

Note that this is not an official Microsoft document, rather a set of steps that have been successful while working through these issues with other users.  I recommend that you take appropriate steps to ensure that you have backed up your registry before attempting to perform any changes.  This article has a good overview of best practices to keep in mind when editing your registry.

Step 1: Verify the registry keys in question
Open the Windows XP registry editor by clicking Start, Run, then typing regedit and clicking OK.

Locate the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT tree in the left-hand pane of the registry editor and expand it by clicking on the + icon.

Scroll down into the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT tree to locate the file extension that corresponds the the pictures you’re having difficulties viewing (in this example, let’s talk about .jpg images which are the most common).

Click on the file extension (in this case .jpg) once with the left-mouse button, which should open a new set of text in the right-hand panel.

Examine the text in the right-hand pane and look for the name PerceivedType.  On the same line as PerceivedType, take a look at the Data column and examine the contents of that field.

If the Data field for PerceivedType is already set as Image then stop here, it doesn’t appear that this is your problem.

If however the Data field is set to something else (example:  Photoshop.jpegfile) or if the PerceivedType entry doesn’t exist at all, then continue to the next step to fix this issue.

Step 2: Edit the registry keys to work with MCE

By this point, you’ve navigated to the file extension in question and confirmed that it is set incorrectly.  You’ve also hopefully set a restore point or backed up your registry.  Now we need to start making some changes to the registry.

Double-click on the name PerceivedType, which will present a dialog box with the current value data highlighted.

Use the backspace key to clear the value data field, and key in the new value data of image.  Hit OK to commit the change.

Close the registry editor by hitting the X icon in the top-right corner.

Step 3:  Reboot and test

Click on Start, Shutdown, Restart to restart your PC. 

Once restarted, open the MCE 10–foot interface and navigate to the My Pictures area.

If you can now see the images that were previously hidden, then this change was a success.

You may wish to repeat step 2 for any other picture types that you intent to use on your Media Center system, such as .jpeg, .jpe, etc.

Categories: Media Center
  1. Joe
    May 29, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you so much,
    This problem has been bugging me for ages. I though I would never find the answer. This really helped

  2. RonRock
    June 27, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    I still have the same problem of not showing any .jpeg pictures.
    In the registery it say’s
    name Type
    standard reg-sz

  3. RonRock
    June 27, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    I still have the same problem of not showing any .jpeg pictures.
    In the registery it say’s
    Name (standard) Type (reg-sz) Data

  4. RonRock
    June 27, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    I still have the same problem of not showing any .jpeg pictures.
    In the registery it say’s
    Name (standard) Type (reg-sz) Data (jpegfile)
    Name (content type) Type (reg-sz) Data (image/jpg)
    Name (percieved type) Type (reg-sz) Data (image)
    Name (photosnapviewer.bak) Type (reg-sz) Data (jpg_auto_file)
    Please help, thanks in advance.

    had some problem posting this comment, sorry.

  5. June 27, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    Are you using “Photo Snap”? It appears that it may be interfering somewhat with the standard windows way of viewing images. If you’re not even using it, I would try to uninstall the photo snap software and see if that helps.

  6. Peter
    January 14, 2007 at 11:00 am

    I’ve managed to see jpg on my pc through Media Center having followed your advice, but now I am having the problem of seeing jpg files on my TV using my Xbox360 as the extender box. I can see bmp and I’ve checked that the registry is the same in bmp as in jpg.

    Any thoughts of what I can try next.

  7. January 31, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Nero I think screwed some stuff up.
    I can’t see avi’s or .mp4 or .jpg or even *.bmp or *.wmv but can see *.wma don’t don’t know why..

    it would cool if someone whom got it to work would post a reg file of the extension working


    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




    wma seems to work..
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




    mp3 seems to work..
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




    anyone have good working copy of extentions that work.. so i can compare regs’s

    I have tried uninstalling nero and had more problems tried reinstalling using new install off internet no luck so far.
    files do work with windows file fax view (or set to it now..) and videos all set to wmp ..
    any suggestion would be appriated
    take out the nospam on both sides of @

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