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Thumbnails not showing in Explorer in Windows Vista

Recently my thumbnails for all image formats (except .ico) have stopped appearing in Explorer in Vista. I have unticked the "Always show icons never thumbnails" option in the Folder and Search options. I have set the visual effects to be for best appearance. I have reapplied the Aero theme. I have also tried deleting thumbs.db and the icon cache. I do not know what else to try. Any help?

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  • Ryan Cannell Jun 11, 2008

    I have changed the setting to best performance, but the problem still exists.

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    I have the same problem, however the only way I can get them back is to set organise/layout/preview and click on each image the next time you open the folder the thumbnails are back. However this is a long winded way of doing it but works.

  • Ryan Cannell Mar 27, 2009

    I have recently reinstalled Windows, and it is now working - I don't think I ever will know why it wasn't.

    Thanks for all the help, but no more answers needed :)


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In the Advanced System Properties when you right click on (My) Computer, you probably set the Performance Settings to "Adjust for best performance". In there you will see a Custom List of options and "Show thumbnails instead of icons" needs to be checked.

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Right Click on 'My Computer' > Select 'Properties' > Select 'Advanced system settings' > In 'Advanced' tab, under Performance section, click 'settings' > Chech the option 'Show thumbnails instead of icons' > Apply & OK Problem Solved ;)

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Something I tried and it worked. Go to Tools/Folder options in the Explorer toolbar. If the " Always show icons never thumbnails" is unchecked ....try checking it....then apply and close. Then go back and uncheck it ....apply and close. Dont know why but this worked for me and this has been bugging me for ages.

Good luck.

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Do not select the visual effects option to be best for appearence.

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