When i first got my Digital Camera, i used the software that came with it to save and store the pics that i had taken. Every time i wanted to open the pictures to view them or print them i had to open the folder saved within the provided software, which as you can imagine was a pain.
I got around that by opening a photo, right clicking it and then clicking on the 'open with' tab. I then changed it to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
This then changed the properties of all like photos and allowed better access to all of my save pictures.
Maybe you could try this and see how you get on.