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Solved: Windows 7 image thumbnails have disappeared!

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by whizzy, Nov 14, 2011.

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  1. whizzy

    whizzy Thread Starter

    Nov 14, 2011
    About a week ago thumbnail images suddenly stopped showing (mainly .jpgs & .pngs) in several of my folders. It
    seemed to be fairly random across all folders & drives (2 partitions on C drive) whereby some display correctly
    within a folder but most now show as windows photo viewer icons.

    Images uploaded in "My Pictures Folder" on C drive are not affected.

    I have done the obvious:-
    1. in folder options > always show icons, never thumbnails (unchecked)
    2. deleted & rebuilt the thumbnail cache
    3. run malwares scans (system is clean)
    4. done restores (Microsoft & Adobe updates)
    5. selected medium icons to view . . .

    Also, using the Windows Photo Viewer default — preview pane no longer works — if Id/click on an image it opens
    in a new window.

    I had been using Mystic Thumbs successfully for a while to enable me to see .svg, .pspimages & .psd files (as a
    graphic designer I want quick access to these) Uninstalling it hasn't made any difference.

    Any help is much appreciated!
    cheers, whizzy

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 3325 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 512 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 255996 MB, Free - 154409 MB; H: Total - 229827 MB, Free - 141754 MB; J: Total - 229568

    MB, Free - 115659 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0TP406
    Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
  2. whizzy

    whizzy Thread Starter

    Nov 14, 2011
    No suggestions?
  3. huggie54


    Feb 17, 2008
    in folder options>view tab,click on the" Reset Folders" button,do they show in "safe mode?
  4. whizzy

    whizzy Thread Starter

    Nov 14, 2011

    Not quite sure what you mean by "safe" mode but when I reset folders I am presented with the "do you want to reset all folders of this type to the default view settings?"
  5. whizzy

    whizzy Thread Starter

    Nov 14, 2011
    Was finally able to resolve the problem by doing a reformat.
  6. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
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    I've avoided using mystic thumbs ... It can slow you down and mess you up.
    I use Irfanview as my default Viewer/Basic Editor.
    If I need to search my psd thumbnails, I use its thumbnail browser.

    If you have Irfanview installed, I can show you how to customize the R click context menu ..
    So that other choices (Photoshop) show at the top.
    I can select one or more images and open them in Photoshop with two clicks ...
    without going the “open with” > “multiple choice test” route … That can only open one at a time.

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