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shimgvw.dll problems

Posted on 2003-03-01
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
My "Thumbnails" and "Filmstrip" options no longer work! I sometimes get an error message saying
ShImgVw.dll "Invalid Directory C:\WINDOWS\System32".  I
have tried to replace the DLL and also to run Regsvr32 on it with no luck.  I think shimgvw.dll is corrupt. Help!

shimgvw.dll File version
6.00.2800.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)

p.s.  Anyone know how to start XP Home in safe mode?

Thanks in advance for any help,
Question by:srdt6458
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CrazyOne earned 148 total points
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Start with this

Start > Run sfc /scannow
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Image Preview is supported in the registry in the following key:


To resolve any issues with this key, delete the key and reregister the Shimgvw.dll file. To do this, type the following at a command prompt:

"regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll" (unregister)

and then re-register :

"regsvr32 shimgvw.dll"


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You can enable and disable Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in XP by doing the following:

To enable:

Copy and paste the following registry info into Notepad and save as .reg file named "EnableWPWV.reg" (or something to that effect) and then run it:



To disable:

Copy and paste the following registry info into Notepad and save as .reg file named "DisableWPWV.reg" and then run it:



Hopefully this will help restore the functionality.
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