I am looking for an HEIF/HEIC viewer for Microsoft Windows 7 that can quickly browse HEIF/HEIC files in a folder (like Windows Photo Viewer does for JPG files).

Any license and price is fine. I know that I could instead first batch convert the HEIF/HEIC files to JPG but I would prefer not to have to do it.

What I have found so far:

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You can use XnView:

  • freeware ("no adware, no spyware") for private or educational use (including non-profit organizations).
  • has a portable version
  • has HEIF support: Extract http://www.xnview.com/download/plugins/heif_x32.zip in Plugins folder.
  • works on Microsoft Windows 7, 10 and 11

On my computer, it takes around one second to preview each HEIC picture. Also, it uses 0.5G of RAM.

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It also crashes from time to time:

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    Works on Windows 11 too
    – Marco A.
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 22:26

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