No preview of JPG files in Windows Explorer

When in Windows Explorer, and you click on an image file, you get a little preview on the left hand side (just under the date and file size information).

On my Mum's PC, this doesnt happen for images with the JPG extension. Please could you help me fix this for her, as she find it very annoying having to open up each individual image to find the one she is looking for.
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Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Greetings, davepusey!
   Here is a fix for the problem

Best wishes, war1

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Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:

This is a common problem with Windows 98, 2000, and Me, although not--as far as I can tell--with XP: Windows Explorer suddenly loses the ability to preview .jpg and other image file types (see FIGURE 1). This is often caused by ill-behaved installation programs that take over the .jpg association when loading a graphics application. A program can grab just the .jpg association and not interfere with this particular feature of Windows, but some apps associate themselves with more graphics formats in a needlessly aggressive and destructive way.

Fortunately, fixing the problem is pretty easy. The first step is to close all running applications. Then select Start, Run, type regsvr32 thumbvw.dll, and press Enter. If you get an error message, try entering regsvr32 %windir%\system\thumbvw.dll (in Windows 98 or Me) or regsvr32 %windir%\system32\thumbvw.dll (in Windows 2000). After you reboot your computer, Explorer should preview your .jpg files once again.

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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
LucF, you solution looks like the best. HOWEVER, the file at the site that war1 posted has a .REG file that does what LucF suggested but it is automated and does it for all the common extensions too. I have downloaded that and will try it next time Mum has her PC on.
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
I suggest you try war1s solution, it's the safest possibility. Let us know what happenes.
davepuseyAuthor Commented:
I will try war1's suggestion! If you read my last post you'll see that I prefered his idea over yours.
davepuseyAuthor Commented:
Yep! That fixed it!

Well done war1!
Dave, glad to help!  :)  War1
davepuseyAuthor Commented:
Glad u could help!
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