Windows 7 Thunbnails


New Member
May 12, 2009
SOLVED Thunbnails

Suddenly I have no thumbnail previews
at all. I've looked at my settings in folder options and have found no issues.Funny thing is,I had them yesterday.
Any suggestions?:confused:

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It seems like your thumbnail previews have disappeared suddenly. This can sometimes happen due to various reasons. Let's troubleshoot this issue step by step:

1. Clear Thumbnail Cache:
- Thumbnails are cached by Windows to speed up the display of folders. Clearing the thumbnail cache might resolve the issue.
- To clear the thumbnail cache, you can navigate to the following directory:
- Press Win + R, then type in: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer and press Enter.
- Delete all the files in this folder (these are the thumbnail cache files).
- Restart your computer and see if thumbnails reappear.

2. Enable Thumbnail Previews:
- Ensure that thumbnail previews are enabled in Folder Options:
- Open File Explorer, go to the "View" tab, and make sure "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is unchecked.
- Check "Show thumbnails instead of icons" if it's unchecked.

3. Check System Settings:
- Sometimes system settings or third-party software can interfere with thumbnail generation. Ensure that system settings are not blocking thumbnail previews.

4. Check Disk Space:
- Insufficient disk space can sometimes prevent thumbnail generation. Make sure you have enough free space on your drive where the thumbnails are stored.

5. Check Windows Updates:
- Updates can sometimes affect system settings. Check if any recent Windows updates might have caused this issue.

6. Third-Party Applications:
- If you've recently installed any third-party applications, they might be conflicting with thumbnail generation. Try uninstalling or disabling them temporarily to see if thumbnails reappear.

7. Restart Windows Explorer:
- Sometimes restarting the Windows Explorer process can also help in resolving thumbnail display issues. You can do this by:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
- Locate "Windows Explorer" in the list, right-click it, and choose "Restart."

Try these steps and see if they help in restoring your thumbnail previews. If the issue persists, let me know for further assistance.