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Windows 8 I can't get Windows 8 to show thumbnails?


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Microsoft Community Contributor
May 25, 2009

Windows 8 has stopped showing thumbnails, or a preview of images in the preview window.
It was working fine a couple of weeks ago when I was working on a job with a lot of pics in it.

I did a system restore back to June 29 and it didn't make any difference.

I've checked to see that "Always show Icons" is not checked.
And I have the folders set to display Pictures in customize.

But I can't get it to display thumbnails of a preview in the preview pane.

I think this may have something to do with a utility that I downloaded that would let Windows display Photoshop files that I had installed and then removed when the trial ran out.

That may have disabled thumbnails in Windows 8, but I don't have a clue as to how to get them back.

Anyone have any ideas?

Hi Again.

The application that I installed was Mystic Thumbs.
I searched and found an older free version and installed it and my Thumbnails came back.

So it's fixed for now, one of these days I'm going to have to install the new version of Windows 8 so I'll live with this until I do that.