Thumbs.db files and WIndows 2008 R2

Posted on 2011-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Environment WIndows 2008 R2 Server

Il a large folder tree on the 2008 Server, I have a thumbs.db file in almost every folder and sub-folder. (A search at the root of the folder finds about 700 thumbs.db).  I do not know where these thumbs.db files come from (maybe a migration from a Windows 2003 server) but there are very annoying because, for example, after copying a small folder, the copied folder cannot be renamed of erased since it tells me the "thumbs.db is used by explorer" and I have to wait about one minute to be able to detele/rename. Then I can delete or rename the folder. In this large folder I do not have images files but only XLS, DOC and PDF files.

It seems to me that if I erase the thumbs.db file from the folder, and I copy the folder (without the thumbs.db files) to another folder the thumb.db file returns !!! THis is true only if I make the copy from my Windows 7 client PC. If I make the copy in the server itself the thumbs.db do not come back in the copied folder

Any one has an idea ? What is this problem coming from ?

Any idea how to solve this problem?
Question by:gadsad
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    Here is a recent discussion that we had that may help clarify things for you:

    Essentially, the thumbs.db files haven't been a native part of the operating system since the dawn of the Vista generation.  If they are appearing in various folders, they must have originated from an older source.  For example, when I use my Windows XP virtual machine and copy a data folder over the network to my Windows 7 computer, I will occasionally see a thumbs.db file appear as a result.
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    In the long-term, you will want to do a bit of research and determine where the original source of the thumbs.db files may be... perhaps a Server 2003 or Windows XP computer.

    For now, if you eliminate them from the Windows 7 machine that you referenced above you should be "clean" until you can determine the original source of those files.  You can do this by combining two methods:

    - Use the Disk Cleanup utility on the Windows 7 machine and only check the box pertaining to Thumbnails.  Then, run the utility to clean out the current thumbnail cache.

    - Use the Windows Explorer interface and under Organize -> Folder and search options -> View, ensure that you have selected Show hidden files, folders, and drives, while at the same time you uncheck the box labeled Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).  Once that step is complete, you should be able to use the Search box in the upper-right corner of the Windows Explorer window and look for thumbs.db files.  When the search is done, simply delete all of them.
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    If you have any XP machines you could also prevent the creation of them....

    There is a setting in Folder Options, called "Always show icons, never thumbnails,"

    User\Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Explorer>"Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files"

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    thank you
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    Glad to help!

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