Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

How can I get my thumbnail images again?

Posted on 2009-05-05
13
Medium Priority
?
665 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
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.
0
Comment
Question by:JPaulC
  • 6
  • 5
  • 2
13 Comments
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:helpdesk_ninja
ID: 24304640
Open up one of your folders, right click in the white space where there are no icons, select "View", then "Thumbnails".
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:helpdesk_ninja
ID: 24304675
...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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:JPaulC
ID: 24306466
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?
0
Prepare for your VMware VCP6-DCV exam.

Josh Coen and Jason Langer have prepared the latest edition of VCP study guide. Both authors have been working in the IT field for more than a decade, and both hold VMware certifications. This 163-page guide covers all 10 of the exam blueprint sections.

 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:RTSCCFLAX
ID: 24306479
start>run>

regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll
regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Reboot and see if that helps
0
 

Author Comment

by:JPaulC
ID: 24310549
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?
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:RTSCCFLAX
ID: 24314254
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.  
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:RTSCCFLAX
ID: 24314275
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
0
 

Author Comment

by:JPaulC
ID: 24322278
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.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:RTSCCFLAX
ID: 24325224
Ahhh ok.  Thats going to make a difference.  Hold on let me figure out what it is that runs the thumbnails for that OS
0
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
RTSCCFLAX earned 2000 total points
ID: 24325460
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
0
 

Author Comment

by:JPaulC
ID: 24333359
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!!
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:JPaulC
ID: 31578014
Thanks for hanging in there with me.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:RTSCCFLAX
ID: 24335552
Glad we could get it figured out!! Have a great weekend!
0

Featured Post

Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a FREE solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a DR site in Microsoft Azure using lightweight software-defined networking. It reduces the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of ALL sizes.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The canonical version of this article is on my web site here: http://iconoun.com/articles/collisions/ A companion presentation is available here: http://iconoun.com/articles/collisions/Unicode_Presentation.pdf
This collection of functions covers all the normal rounding methods of just about any numeric value.
Viewers will learn the different options available in the Backstage view in Excel 2013.
The viewer will learn how to create two correlated normally distributed random variables in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on different levels of investment in each of the two funds over a period of ten years, and, create a …

810 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question