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image file tumbnail display explorer icon

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I am running window xp home edition.
Some of my image files recently changed to no longer showing the image thumbnail.  some .jpg images display the default thumbnail image and .pdf files show the internet explorer icon.
I think some settings changed somehere but not sure what.

Some of the images in My Picture file still show the correct thumbnail image.
Whats up with this?
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if you open windows explorer, either by pressing the "windows key" togetherwith the  "E" key or press "start" "my computer" and then navigate to the folder you have the image in.
to view them as thumbnails click the "view" menu option and then select "thumbnails" and this will display the contents of the current folder as thumbnails.

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or the associatiaion has gone in which case ....if you open windows explorer, either by pressing the "windows key" togetherwith the  "E" key or press "start" "my computer"
then click on the menu option  "tools"  then "folder options" then the tab "File types"  andwait.
then scroll down to jpgs and PDFs and reset the program that opens them by clicking on the extension such as JPG and then either clicking "restore" or click "change" and then navigate to the program you want to open that file type.
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Did you recently install any new programs that are capable of displaying these file types? If so, it's possible that the previous file associations have been changed by the new program. Do the pictures that "still show the correct thumbnail image" all have the same file extension, for example, do they all have file names like Picture.GIF or something? If you can't see the file extensions, double-click on My Computer. Go to Tools | Folder Options. Select the View tab. Uncheck the box next to "Hide extensions for known file types." Click the button to "Apply to All Folders." Click Yes to set the Folder views, and then click OK. This will now let you see the file extensions in all your windows and make it easier for us to troubleshoot.
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Also, try running:
regsvr32 shmedia.dll
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by:skipbowt
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Ok,
the view thumbnails option was changed.  I changed it back and that took care of all the files in "my documents" however, few image files on my desktop which previously displayed a thumnail now only have a default windows image icon (sailing ship & sunset).
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Hmm, I've never seen jpgs (images) on the desktop displayed as thumbnails.
they were probably icons.

right click on these icons and can you tell me the properties
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I'll have to wait a few hours as this computer is unavailable at the time.

Thank you,
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