If you try to open a particular HEIC file using the Photos app in Windows 11 or Windows 10, it gives a message that “The HEVC video extension is required to display this file” accompanied by the link to download the extension from Microsoft.
Unfortunately, HEVC Video Extension is not free. Now what that means is, if you open HEIC files in Windows 11 or Windows 10, then you’ve to pay around $0.65 to gain this functionality.
If you landed on this blog post, then definitely you belong to a group of users who don’t want to pay for this extension, right?
Open HEIC Files For Free On Windows 11/10
Fortunately, there’s a way using which you can open HEIC files in Windows 11 or Windows 10 for free using the official method. So let’s learn how to do that:
Download HEVC Video Extension from the Device Manufacturer. Use this link and it will take you to Microsoft Store.
Just like you install any other app from Microsoft Store, you need to install this as well.
Once installation completes, your PC will have the plugin that is required to open HEIC files.
From now onwards, whenever you launch HEIC files it will open up without showing the error message discussed above. Apart from this, it will also create thumbnails for the pictures as well.
Alternatively, you can also convert HEIC to PNG or JPEG file format. There are various freeware tools available on the web that you can use. This way you can open HEIC files without using a plugin or extension.
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