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I would like to be able to preview the thumbnails of Photoshop files in windows explorer.  Right now I can see jpg's, png's, gifs, and bmp's, but not psd files, just the Photoshop icon.  

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by:GATOR420
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This was originally for a problem where someone lost their original Thumbnail settings. It also explain a little on how to add additional ones near the end. See if this might do the trick for you. It requires editing the registry.

To edit the registry data, you must navigate to the following registry location associated with each file type

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file_extShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}
where file_ext is the extension for the graphic file type in question (e.g., .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg).

In many cases, you might find that the ShellEx and/or {BB2E6...} subkeys don't exist. If so, you need to create them. Next, you must make sure that the value of the {BB2E6...} subkey is set to exactly the following data: {7376D660-C583-11d0-A3A5-00C04FD706EC}, which Figure 2 shows.

After you complete these steps for each graphic file type, you should be able to again correctly view graphic thumbnail previews. When you verify these settings or make changes, remember that JPEG files have three possible extensions by default: .jpe, .jpg, and .jpeg.

Because this problem occurs frequently on my systems, I've created a registry settings (.reg) file, which Listing 1 shows, that I can double-click to reenter the required data into the registry to repair any problems with my primary graphic file types. For me, those primary graphic file types are .bmp, .gif, .jpe, .jpg, .jpeg, and .wmf files. However, the .reg file also resets .art, .dib, .jfif, and .png file associations.

One final tip: When I use this file on my systems, I find that a .jpe class typically has the same subkey structure and values that you're manually creating with the steps I've outlined above. If this situation is true on your system, you could use copy and paste functions to copy the subkey and value to the .jpg class key to avoid mistyping these values.

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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello LC7Web =)

Check this PAQ on the same issue >> http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21054479.html

!! GOOD LUCK !!
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by:LC7Web
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Unfortunatly both answer supplied missed the mark :(  But heres the solution:

add an old version of psicon.dll(from ps7) to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell

then create a reg file with the following and merge into registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]
"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.psd\ShellEx]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.psd\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@="Photoshop Icon Handler"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer
32]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"
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by:texture1978
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this does work,

first copy an old version of psicon.dll(from ps7) to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell

then open note pad and paste the data inbetween the hyphens

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]
"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.psd\ShellEx]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.psd\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@="Photoshop Icon Handler"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer
32]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

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save as psicon.reg

then double click and it will automatically install it to the registry

that's it, you should start to see psd image thumbnails in explorer
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