Windows XP - Thmbnl view no image

Abit / An8 32x
January 13, 2009 at 12:22:21
Specs: Windows XP Pro 2002 SP3, Athlon64X2 Dual 4200 + 2 gigs ram
I'm running windows XP sp3 and a few months back my thumbnail view stopped displaying images - it simply shows icons. This is with jpgs and any other type of file that used to show an image in thumbnail view. If you enter a folder with folders inside of it, the folders, if they contain images or movie files, will display four images on the folder, but any loose jpgs or mpgs in the folder will only display as icons.

I must have done something, but I can't figure out what. Nero photo viewer has been the default .jpg viewer since I got the machine. Double click on a .jpg, and it displays through Nero Photo Viewer.

Also, when I go to folders on other computers on the network, thumbnail view works fine and I see the images. So it must be a setting localized to my hard drive (I think).

I work primarily with images and it would be helpful to get the thumbnail view back.
Thanks much,

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January 13, 2009 at 14:39:41
John, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 17 (right column) and click on "Restore Thumbnail Views in XP" to download a .exe file fix. Save it to your Desktop or wherever you usually save your downloads and double click it to run it.

The site is having problems today so keep on trying.

Edited to add:

Here's another fix that usually works.

Click Start>Run and copy and paste or type in:

regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Click OK.

Note that the spacing is important.


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January 13, 2009 at 15:14:11
God bless you! The regsvr32 shimgvw.dll did the trick. I'd tried the kelly fix earlier today with no joy. Thanks so much.

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January 13, 2009 at 15:17:19
John, Glad to see that the problem is corrected & Thanks for posting back.


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