can not see pictures in icons for jpg, gif

windows 7

using c: drive and external drive

there was some change (I am not sure which change and my system restore now works but did not work yesterday- no system restore points)

I can not

previously I could
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10023Web site maintenance and designCommented:
Windows updates seem to play havoc with settings...If I am interpreting your question properly could you do some checking...
First if haven't customized "organize in windows explorer" reset to defaults and check preview icons again...see screen shot

check status of system restore and manually attempt to create restore point..see screen shot and paths to get there at top of shot.
system iconssystem restore settings

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web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
If you change the view to large icons and when in folder options make sure the "display file icon on thumb nails" is checked see the above snip posted by the comment above.
rgb192Author Commented:
restore all
apply to all

system restore will change my future but not my past
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10023Web site maintenance and designCommented:
restore defaults if you have not customized folder "view" settings under "organize"
If you have customized "view" under "organize" make note of them and then "Restore Defaults" first, then reset  customizations.
system restore will restore your "machine state" to a previous point in time.  It really doesn't have much to do with "not my past"
rgb192Author Commented:
toggling on and off

now it works

Thanks both but I am not sure which answer works so both worked.
web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
I am glad I was able to help although it was both of us I believe that helped resolve the problem.  Thanks for awarding the points fairly.
rgb192Author Commented:
And thank you for the answers.
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