Windows Imaging Component (WIC)

Windows Vista and higher is shipped with a component named Windows Imaging Component (WIC). WIC contains codecs for image files. In Windows 10 and Windows 11 WIC claims to support the following RAW file types out of the box:

CodecFile Type
DNG Decoderdng
WMPhoto Decoderwdp jxr
DDS Decoderdds
Microsoft HEIF Decoderheic heif hif avci heics heifs avcs avif avifs
Microsoft Webp Decoderwebp
Microsoft Raw Image Decoder 3fr ari arw bay cap cr2 cr3 crw dcs dcr drf eip erf fff iiq k25 kdc mef mos mrw nef nrw orf ori pef ptx pxn raf raw rw2 rwl sr2 srf srw x3f dng
Microsoft Camera Raw Decoderarw cr2 crw erf kdc mrw nef nrw orf pef raf raw rw2 rwl sr2 srw dng

However, the Microsoft HEIC Decoder requires the installation of the Microsoft HEVC Video Extensions and the Microsoft Raw Image Decoder requires the installation of the Microsoft RAW Image Extension. Otherwise an error message is output. Over time not only the cameras but also the file formats are evolving. The installation of the Microsoft RAW Image Extension will not only enable the Microsoft Raw Image Decoder but also update the codecs for the files supported by the Microsoft Camera Raw Decoder. Please install this extension.

Troubleshooting

When testing we could observe the following errors and fixes:
  • IWICBitmapDecoder::Initialize failed with error 0x88982f07 (2291674887):
    This error was observed when reading files with the Microsoft Camera Raw Decoder and could be fixed by installing the Microsoft RAW Image Extension.

  • IWICBitmapDecoder::Initialize failed with error 0x88982f61 (2291674977):
    This error was observed when reading files with the DNG Decoder.

  • IWICFormatConverter::CopyPixels failed with error 0x88982f60 (2291674976):
    This error was observed when reading files with the Microsoft Camera Raw Decoder and the Microsoft Raw Image Decoder and is a hint that the file format is not supported or the file is corrupted.

  • IWICFormatConverter::CopyPixels failed with error 0xC00D5212 (3222098450):
    This error was observed when reading files with the Microsoft HEIF Decoder and could be fixed by installing the Microsoft HEVC Video Extensions.

Hint: Even in the case of the errors described here, the Windows Explorer can display the thumbnails because the Windows Explorer does not decode the full resolution image but reads the embedded thumbnails.


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