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TOPIC: Thumbnail Images in Windows XP

Thumbnail Images in Windows XP 12 years 1 month ago #5587

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Hi everyone, just a little question from TheBishop:
While I was away on site my offspring managed to destroy Windows XP on my machine at home to the point where I had to reformat the system drive and reinstall XP from scratch :twisted: :twisted: .
Fortunately it is now working again ok :) . Even more fortunately I had already moved all the My Documents folders to a different drive and so was able to retain all the personal data :D . However the thumbnail preview for graphics held under the My Documents folders now won't work, even though it's turned on. It used to work before. I've a feeling it could be due to permissions as I had to do a bit of messing around to give Full Control to the owners of each subfolder. Has anyone seen this before or got any clues?
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Re: Thumbnail Images in Windows XP 12 years 1 month ago #5589

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Have you tried erasing the hidden file that holds the thumbnail data for each folder? I thing it is called something.db. It must be regenerated on the first refresh then.
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Thumbnails 12 years 1 month ago #5599

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It's thumbs.db
I'll try erasing it tonight and let you know
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Thumbnails 12 years 1 month ago #5722

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That resolves the problem. If you delete thumbs.db then the system recreates it and the thumbnail images all start working again.

Many thanks for your help!
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Re: Thumbnail Images in Windows XP 12 years 1 month ago #5730

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You gotta love Microsoft...

Poke out the eyes to get it to start seeing again.....

Pity the whole OS doesn't 'regenerate' like this.. would save a lot of tech support people a lot of time everytime Joe User decided to clean up all those 'old dlls' in the system32 directory.
Sahir Hidayatullah.
Firewall.cx Staff - Associate Editor & Security Advisor
tftfotw.blogspot.com
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Re: Thumbnail Images in Windows XP 12 years 1 month ago #5743

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rofl! Don't put such evil ideas on table, MS devs are everywhere! :shock:
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