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W10 File Assocoiation Issue for "Photo viewer" not working properly

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All was well and then, all of a sudden (Dec 16th 2020?), I started having problems with pictures / photographs and their association: Nervous Flickering of icons, some "flickering everywhere" and a slowing down of the system.
I investigated mostly on the Microsoft Fora and a bit otherwise and in the end I removed:

  • IrfanView (64 bit version),
  • Microsoft Photos

I then reinstalled MS Photos and: Nothing: Same issue of flickering of icons, a nervous screen and slow performance remains.

When I choose "Microsoft Photos" as the "Default App", the Settings Screen disappears (it just pops away) and when going back to the "Default App" environment, the "Photo viewer" remains "+" in a grey background, no app associated.

Going to "Choose default application by file type", doesn't work either: It never ever gets to generating the list; been waiting for over 30minutes,

I so much do not want to reinstall Windows... What to do?

I'd rather prefer having IrfanView back again.

Thank you in advance for helping me (and maybe others) out,


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