Can’t Print FAX files – Workaround

If you have FAX files and open them in Windows with the Windows Photo Viewer or Windows Picture and Fax Viewer you may experience the problem that you can’t print the FAX file. Microsoft has not released any patch for this for now.

There is a little workaround to rename the files to .TIFF. But if you have a lot of FAX files it is too much trouble for such a little problem.

Just download this program and move it to a save folder (e.g. C:Windows)

  • Rightclick a FAX file
  • Select open with
  • Select the FAX.exe
  • Be sure to check the box: always open with this program

Here is the original FAX.cmd file

@echo off
set tmpf=%temp%myFAX
set file=%~nx1

if not exist %tmpf% mkdir %tmpf%
if exist %tmpf%%file% erase %tmpf%%file%
if exist %tmpf%%file%.tiff erase %tmpf%%file%.tiff

copy %1 %tmpf%
cd %tmpf%
ren "%file%" "%file%.tiff"
start "" "%tmpf%%file%.tiff"

This file I converted with the Bat2Exe Converter from this site and added a nice icon.