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Windows Icons instead of Thumbnails

Discussion in 'Software' started by Xir, 17 Aug 2015.

  1. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    my computer (Win 8.1 64bit) show the icon of the selected standard program (irfanview) instead of thumbnails.

    Actually, when opening a folder containing pictures, it first loads thumbnail-pictures, then slowly replaces these with icons.

    Now this is rather common, and the given advice is changing two settings:
    • in folder options unchecking "Always show Icons not Thumbnails"
    • in Control Panel under System, Advanced System Settings, Advanced tab , Preformance settings, check "Show thumbnails instead of icons"

    I did this, and nothing changes.
    I then deleted the thumbnail files (which aer a bit hidden under Win8.1) and it reloads all thumbs...but still does the annoying I'll-show-you-a-thumbnail-and-then-replace-it.

    Oh, there are medium, large and extra large thumbnails settings, and this happends in the "large" setting, not in the others :confused:


    This is driving me nuts...errrr Help?


    Xir
     
  2. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    Still can't solve this.

    Microsoft help forums are utterly useless, even when the question states that one has checked these two settings the only reaction is "hey, have you checked these settings?" :duh:

    Pain in the bum sorting pictures this way
     
  3. deathtaker27

    deathtaker27 #noob

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    Have you tried rebuilding the icon db?
     
  4. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, no never heared of that. How is that done?
    I did delete all thumbnails and let windows rebuild those though...
     
  5. deathtaker27

    deathtaker27 #noob

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    I expect you have tried it, I will see if I can dig out the instructions later as I need to go to work now :(
     
  6. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    Save this as a .bat file, and run it as admin.
    Code:
    @echo off
    cls
    echo The Explorer process must be killed to delete the Icon DB. 
    echo.
    echo Please SAVE ALL OPEN WORK before continuing.
    echo.
    pause
    echo.
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F 
    echo.
    echo Attempting to delete Icon DB...
    If exist %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db goto delID
    echo.
    echo Icon DB has already been deleted. 
    echo.
    goto main
    
    :delID
    cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    del IconCache.db /a
    echo.
    pause
    echo Icon DB has been successfully deleted.
    echo.
    
    :main
    echo Windows must be restarted to rebuild the Icon DB.
    echo.
    
    :wrong 
    set /p choice=Restart now? (Y/N) and press Enter:
    If %choice% == y goto Yes
    If %choice% == Y goto Yes
    If %choice% == n goto No
    If %choice% == N goto No
    goto wrong
    
    :Yes
    shutdown /R /f /t 00
    exit
    
    
    :No
    echo.
    echo Restart aborted. Please remember to restart the computer later.
    echo.
    echo You can now close this command prompt window.
    explorer.exe
    
    
    
    
    Also, if it continues to be a problem you may consider replacing the thumbnail handler with a better one like sagethumbs which supports loads more file types.
     
  7. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    First, thank you very much! now:

    I dont think the problem is the file type...i mean, it used to work. it works for some folders, but not for others. It works when I login as a different user. well, sometimes it does.
    (my wife had this problem with her login, and I hadn't. Now we both have it.)

    Anyway I ran your batch file. Funny things now happen.

    I have a folder with pictures, these are all the same type from the same camera. I used to see all of these. They had the behaviour showed above, when opening the folder , it loads all the thumbs, then slowly turns them all into icons.

    I ran the batch file.

    Now about half the files are thumbs, half are icons. :jawdrop:
    I refresh (F5)
    Some icons turn into thumbnails, some thumbnails turn into icons. :duh:
    I repeat this a few times, eventually all visible files are thumbnails.

    now i scroll down, new thumbnails load, but not all, about 2/3ds of the visible files, scroll down again, this repeats.

    If I press F5 now, it jumps up to the start of the list. so I can't see if it loads more.



    I'm absolutely baffled, I mean it should treat all same files in one folder the same, right?

    To me it seems to be a problem with whatever process usually builds the thumbs when scrolling.
     
  8. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    After running that .bat, everything being back to icons would be normal. It clears all the thumbnail cache so it would need to regenerate all of them. The way explorer (or sagethumbs as well) goes about generating them seems kind of haphazard where it jumps around the window making thumbnails as it feels like it. It may take it some time, but once they have been generated they should appear correct. If not, sounds like something is broken? You can try to see if it will repair itself by running in admin cmd
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

    I use sagethumbs myself, as it makes thumbnails for adobe filetypes and many others which I find to be handy. I'm a visual person, a thumbnail is way better to me than just a filename.
     
  9. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 [DELETE] means [DELETE]

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    Maybe some software you have installed is interfering with how windows does things.
     
  10. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    I think you're both right...
    Thank you very much!

    Closer search has revealed a near-full SSD, maybe it's just saving space?
    Something is clogging up the system, hmmm.

    I'm seriously considering resetting the whole thing, which would have the elegant side effect of enabling me to upgrade to Win10, as I'm having trouble with the HDMI-out as well.
     

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