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Q: Windows Explorer not showing Thumbnails

When I open Windows Explorer I and go to my Picture File, the Thumbnails don't always show correctly. I can open Windows Explore and see no Thumbnails displayed but if I open another copy, it's better but not all come up. I have multiple folders, some display no thumbnails (a blank white sheet), others show a few and others show more. I also get a green bar at the top that never finishes. Sometimes, I open Explorer, and if I try to expand the Folder Tree on the left panel it won't expand, The Files are on an External Flash Drive. I've tried many troubleshooting searches for the problem so yes, I have the Folder Option, "View" set to "Display thumbnails." This is a recent problem. One last thing, the computer seems as it's freezing and not updating the thumbnails, but currently the CPU usage is only 4% under Task Manager.

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A: Windows Explorer not showing Thumbnails

Did you make any changes to your Windows Operating System recently? Sounds like the aftermath of a "tune up" that went wrong.
That being said, the data that has no thumbnails.... can you open them and view the data, I'm curious to know if it's corrupted.
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icons are shown.
I have set folder options to Always show icons, never thumbnails.
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I have checked in the only two places I was aware of that would cause this:

Folder Options - View ....however, there is no option there to check show Thumbnails. I believe this option should be there at the top, but it isnt.

I also went to Properties of My Computer, Advanced, Performance. It is checked there to show Thumbnails.

But for whatever reason, I only see icons when I should see thumbnails. And yes, I have changed the view to Medium, large, extra large.

A:Explorer showing Icons instead of thumbnails....

Hello Dave,

You might double check through each option in the tutorial below to see if it may help. It's for Windows 7, but it's the same in Windows 8 except "Windows Explorer" is "File Explorer" in OPITION FOUR instead.

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
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any help ?

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Now non of my files including picture, audio & video files show thumbnails or even tags (ex mp3 files).
I've tried the solutions stated about turning thumbnails on & off with no luck. in my folder options the option "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is UNCHECKED.

Has anybody faced the problem?? Is the issue from Kaspersky?? Are there any workarounds??

I truly Appreciate any help.

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How about trying to do a system restore?
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A:Windows 7 not showing all thumbnails

Crap, there's a way to rebuild thumbnails, maybe that's it, but I forgot how, heh. You're not exceptionally low on disk space, are you? Give me a second I'll find out about refreshing the thumbnail cache.
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hello ,And welcome to eightfourms in the directory folder you have posted the picture of ,go to view and try settinh to large icon, looks like you may have it set to details or list ect ect
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A:Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Okay, I've found a solution to the thumbnails not showing up - did start, run and then regsvr32 thumbvw

I'm still having several PSP's opening up when I want to view several pictures though... any ideas anyone? Please?
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A:Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Hello Angelag, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can use Open With on the file type and browse to the Photoshop Elements exe file to have it open the file type with that program by default instead.

Have you checked the View settings in Windows Explorer to see if it is set to either Medium Icons, Large Icons, or Extra Large Icons to see a thumbnail preview of the file image as the icon?
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use details view?

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A:Updating thumbnails in Windows Explorer

My experience is that the thumbnails reflected by Explorer view...only update when the folder/Explorer window is opened. 
I suppose that using a photo album, rather than explorer, might result in the desired updated images you seek.
I tend to give any edited image a new filename, keeping track of them in that manner while also retaining my originals.
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A:Is there a way to view HDR's as thumbnails in Windows Explorer

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What OS?

See if the link to restore thumbnails on the right side of this page helps...

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A:Windows Explorer, Thumbnails Covering Text


See if switching to Classic theme and then back to the original theme helps. If that does not work, follow these steps:

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A:Windows explorer not refreshing icons/ thumbnails

Go to Start/Run and type SFC /scannow and press enter. Put the XP CD in and it will replace any missing system files.
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Hello WonderBot,

You might see if clearing and resetting the thumbnail cache may be able to help if it may have gotten corrupted.

Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset

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Quote: Originally Posted by Jangofett

I keep hearing (MS?) people saying that if you move to win7 your only option to deal with any gripes you might have with it s way of doing things, is to just cope with them.

Well now, aint that some way to spoil your customers!

Heres what.

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What's wrong with the way Windows 7 folders display their pictures?

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A:No Thumbnails in Open File Dialogs or Windows Explorer - Why??

Hello David, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check using the tutorial below to make sure that you have thumbnail previews enabled.Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable
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Have you gone to look at the Control Panel's Folder Options?
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Hello Ward, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I suppose double check to make sure that thumbnail previews is turned on using the tutorial below.

Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Hope this helps,
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Set the folder view to "Thumbnails".
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Any keys and/or sub-keys in the Registry which you don't have but need in order to rectify a problem, can be manually created.
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That will help you.
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Hi hollyw,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

Here's a tutorial on how to do this in a variety of ways. Try them in the order presented as that's from the simplest to the most complex (even though I imagine you tried the first few already). Note the comment (and link to the procedure) near the top to set the default program to Windows Photo Gallery if none of the other options work (which you may or may not want to consider - or perhaps at least try to see if it works - let us know either way - and change it back if you don't want that as the default): Thumbnails in Windows Explorer.

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A:explorer thumbnails

Originally Posted by RemusRigo

Hi all
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This is why when you install Acdsee, you do a custom install and DON'T associate Jpeg files with it.

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As far as I understand your question, you want to be able to see the artwork of your m4a music files when browsing with Windows Explorer.

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Here is the downloadlink ==> Download K-Lite Codec Pack

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A:Directories Not Showing Up In Windows Explorer

Try taking ownership of the XP and W8 directories.

An easy way here: Take Ownership Shortcut
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A:Windows Explorer ain't showing my files

Hi, I presume you are using windows 7, if so, try this link and see if it helps fix your problem.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
or this one.
Repair Install
Repair Install

I hope one of these works for you.
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A:Windows 7 Explorer Showing Dates???

Quote: Originally Posted by Beaureguard99

Please Help!!

When I Look Into My Explorer Instead of a Name for the the File it Shows a Date, It's Really Confusing

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Is Their A Way To Fix This? I Doesnt Always Happen, Just Usually in Photoshop and Some Other Programs

Could we get your system specs?

Have you done any resource.dll mods, or modded any other aspect of the OS? Which OS?
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A:Usb Ports Not Showing In Windows Explorer

Have you looked in the Device Manager to see if there are any problems with the drivers?

Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Device Manager.

The Universal Serial Bus controllers should be at the bottom of the list.
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A:My drives are not showing up in Windows Explorer.

Welcome to SevenForums Balian,

Can you make a screen shot or use the snipping tool of what it looks like in

Windows Explorer ?

" Doc "
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Hi pbman41

to BleepingComputer.

On my Pavilion, the D: drive is the Recovery partition on the main C: drive. This is the area which will restore your computer back to factory condition if everything goes wrong. GUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE, and do not add or delete anything from it.

If that is not what it is on your PC, it may be a backup created by some program on your machine.

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A:Windows Explorer left pane not showing for Windows 2000 machine

Hi Jeeviz....See if this site is any help,289625,sid20_cid461699_tax287574,00.html
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Welcome to Seven Forums,

Have you gone through these troubleshooting steps?
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A:Broken Explorer Thumbnails

Hello djvisage,

In addition, reset and clear the thumbnail cache to see if that may help.

Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset
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A:View Thumbnails in Explorer

I am going to say that because the pics actually reside on OSX, windows is unable to create a thumnail cache. It does this to speed up the viewing time, however your windows really doesn't "own" the pics folder on OSX and may not be able to build this cache properly and therefore you would not have any thumnails. here is an excert from the mighty Wikipedia about it:

"Beginning with Windows Vista, thumbnail previews are stored in a centralized location on the system. This provides the system with access to images independent of their location, and addresses issues with the locality of Thumbs.db files. The cache is stored at %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer as a number of files with the label thumbcache_xxx.db (numbered by size); as well as an index used to find thumbnails in each sized database.
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Creating Thumbs.db files on remote shares can be disabled with a Group Policy setting"

Hope that makes some sense, it would seem that is the problem to me any way.


Edit: you could just grab a couple of pics and move them over to the windows side and see if it gives you your preview, that would at least test the cache theory anyway.
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Hello Drugo,

Sorry, but the icons view will only go up to Extra Large Icons. However, you could turn on the Preview Pane, and adjust it's border and the window's border to change the size of supported images in the preview pane like below.

Hope this helps some,
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A:Video Thumbnails in Explorer

clear icon caches

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A:[SOLVED] Explorer no thumbnails

Go to Start > Search > type Disk Cleanup > click on the the disk cleanup app, check Thumbnails then click OK.

This will clean, and rebuild your thumbnail cache.
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A:No Image Thumbnails in Explorer!

Hello darksupernova,

Double check using the tutorial below to make sure that you have thumbnail previews enabled.

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Support Forums

Hope this helps,
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A:Windows 7 explorer doesn't showing my 2nd HDD Partition.

Did you create the partition using a Linux operating system? If you did, then that's why it's not showing up.

To get it to show, go into your Disk Management (Start>Search "Disk Management">Create and format disk partitions), and delete the partition. Then, create it again and format it. It should now show up. Reply if you have any concerns or problems.