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What is photometadatahandler.dll?

Part of Photo Metadata Handler by Microsoft

(photometadatahandler.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is photometadatahandler.dll loaded?

Approved shell extension - photometadatahandler.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {a38b883c-1682-497e-97b0-0a3a9e801682} with and identifier of IPropertyStore Handler for Images. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the photometadatahandler.dll file.Of the 0.2% of photometadatahandler.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Photo Metadata Handler?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: photometadatahandler.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Photo Metadata Handler
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.0.6002.18005 (lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)
Product version: 6.0.6002.18005
Size: 415.5 KB
Original file name: PhotoMetadataHandler.dll
Windows file protection: Yes

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {3F30C968-480A-4C6C-862D-EFC0897BB84B}
Command: Photo Thumbnail Extractor

Image hashes

MD5: be7c04c89126072d368d3ddce0710985
SHA-1: a7643b913eb470e0f1d5c4f64a95d716295c22f5
SHA-256: 0a080d6cfb8e69b0741173f555848061705ae07bbb3a4c182b172c0941e75a48

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File entropy: 4.27997
File packed: No
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