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I have more than 4,000 jpg images (most of them for use by programs) on my computer.   In the past when I did a search for all the jpg files, I would see a thumbnail view of what each jpg file is.  Unfortunately, now when I do a jpg file search, all I see is the same small icon for each file.  What do I need to do to be able to see a thumbnail showing me what the jpg file is before I open it.  I have Corel SnapFire, which gave me the same little SnapFire icon for each jpg file, but I was able to disable the Corel program.  Now when I do the jpg search, every file is represented by the same little Windows icon.  I am running Vista Home Premium on a Sony Vaio.  I'm not sure of the names of the graphics programs which I still have available now that I've disabled SnapFire.
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by:helpdesk_ninja
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Open up one of your folders, right click in the white space where there are no icons, select "View", then "Thumbnails".
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by:helpdesk_ninja
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...one other thing.  If that doesn't work, right click on a .jpg file, click "Open With", select "Choose Program, then "Windows Picture and Fax Viewer", and make sure "Always use the selected program to open this type of file" is checked.
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by:JPaulC
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When I open the menu, "Thumbnails" is not an option.  It gives me only "Extra Large Icons," "Large Icons," "Medium Icons," "Small Icons," "List," "Details," and "Tiles."  When I right-click a file and chose "Windows Picture and Fax Viewer," it opens that file but doesn't change the icons in the list of jpg files to a thumbnail view of what each file is.  Any other ideas?
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by:RTSCCFLAX
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start>run>

regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll
regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Reboot and see if that helps
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by:JPaulC
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Well, I clicked start then run and then typed the regsvr32 entries you suggested and tapped "Enter."  Each time I got the error message:  The module "shimgvw.dll" was loaded but the entry-point DllRegisterServer was not found.  Make sure that "shimgvw.dll" is a valid DLL or OCX file and then try again.  

I rebooted but there was no improvement.  Now what should I do?
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by:RTSCCFLAX
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That file should be listed in c:\windows\system32 providing you are using Windows XP (Guess I should have asked) Let me do some more digging. If its not there.  You can also COPY it from the dllcache folder C:\Windows\System32\dllcache and put it in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.  
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by:RTSCCFLAX
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Also you might try the commands like this

regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll

Once that process has finished do the following

regsvr32 /i %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll

Reboot after that providing they are successful
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by:JPaulC
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I did the above and got a similar error message:  The module "C:\windows\system32\shimgvw.dll" was loaded but the entry-point DllUnregisterServer was not found.  Make sure that "C:\windows\system32\shimgvw.dlll" is a valid DLL or OCX file and then try again.  

Searching my entire C: drive I could not find a dllcache folder anywhere.

What other possible solution is there?

Please be aware I'm running Vista Home Premium.
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by:RTSCCFLAX
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Ahhh ok.  Thats going to make a difference.  Hold on let me figure out what it is that runs the thumbnails for that OS
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Have been browsing around.  This might help you.  Although from what I am seeing (Mind you I havent used Vista that much yet)  Is that vista doesnt have a view Thumbnails like XP had.  but viewing in Large Icons is supposed to show you thumbs.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/73715-thumbnails-windows-explorer.html
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by:JPaulC
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Well, RTSCCFLAX, I change the icons to large and also to extra-large and still have the standard Windows icon of a lake land which are some hills or mountains and above that a cloudy sky.  I also followed the link you provided to the tutorials and set the Windows Photo Gallery  as the default program.  Then I rebooted but got no change.  Finally I went back to the tutorials and found that there was a second method listed.  The second method involved advanced settings in the System part of the Control Panel.  It worked!  Thank you for your help!!
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by:JPaulC
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Thanks for hanging in there with me.
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Glad we could get it figured out!! Have a great weekend!
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