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    Can't check "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)"??

    Alright well I got Windows Vista home basic, and its activated and all fine. So on my taskbar, whenever i minimize stuff and a tab is there, and i put my mouse over it, no picture comes up. I didn't know why but now I just checked and i right-clicked on taskbar, went to properties, and i looked at the menu and the option for "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)" won't let me check it....why?

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    Re: Can't check "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)"??

    Quote Originally Posted by ubapook View Post
    Alright well I got Windows Vista home basic, and its activated and all fine. So on my taskbar, whenever i minimize stuff and a tab is there, and i put my mouse over it, no picture comes up. I didn't know why but now I just checked and i right-clicked on taskbar, went to properties, and i looked at the menu and the option for "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)" won't let me check it....why?
    Do you have Vista Aero enabled? Live Thumbnails are available only when Aero is enabled:
    • Right-click anywhere on your desktop, and select Personalize
    • Click "Window Color and Appearance"
    • Click "Open classic appearance properties"
    • Select "Windows Aero" in the Color Scheme. If it's not available, then your computer hardware does not support Aero.
    • Click OK
    • Go back into the Start Menu properties, and try enabling Live Preview Thumbnails again.
    But you are using Vista Home Basic, which if I remmber correctly, does not support Aero. You'll need to upgrade to Home Premium or Ultimate

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    Re: Can't check "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)"??

    Like areo I dont think it's supported in Vista Home Basic

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    aww thats not fair lol but thanks

    woa wait I just selected Vista Home Standard instead of basic and now the color is a bit different and the thumbnail thing is checked just no picture comes up when i put mouse over it.....just the words that say what the program is take longer to come up

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    Re: Can't check "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)"??

    Hi Upapook,

    What version of Vista do you have?

    If it is Vista Home Basic, then you will not be able to turn on the taskbar thumbnail previews since this is part of the Windows Aero color scheme that is not included with the Vista Home Basic version.

    If you have another version of Vista, then make sure that you have the Windows Aero color scheme running to see the taskbar thumbnails.

    See:

    Thumbnail Previews on Taskbar

    and

    Thumbnail Previews on Taskbar - Enable or Disable

    Hope this helps you,
    Shawn

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    Re: Can't check "Show Windows Previews (Thumbnails)"??

    Okay. I've had this same exact issue. I had to reboot my computer due to a crash and a lot of my features (like this one) were no longer functioning. I wish I could take credit for finding out how to do this, but it took me lots of research and someone else had the answer for me. First off, using Vista Home Basic, this feature is just not available. Anything beyond that and it is. This it to inform you how to recover this option if it is available, but wont let you select it.
    Because Vista has numerous versions, it needs a way to detect how efficient your computer is running in order to use as many options as you would like. They created something which essentially "grades" your computer, to avoid crashing it by over-using it with features that seem to slow down your computer. This is KEY to remember, because this is most likely the issue with not being able to turn on the taskbar thumbnail feature. In order for this feature to be able to be used, your computer must register a minimum of a 2.7 overall performance score. If you have recently rebooted your computer, it will automatically default your score to 1.0 so here is how to reset it:
    1) Click on the Start bar icon and select Control Panel
    2) Once the window opens select the System and Maintenance option
    3) After the window advances to a new screen, scroll down until you find the option Performance Information and Tools and select that
    4) This should advance it to the screen you want. From here you will see a number at the right of the screen labeled Base Score. What this represents is the lowest score of all of the component subscores
    5) On this screen select Update My Score under the Base Score (note that you must be the administrator in order to run this option). After about five to six minutes, your computer should reset the scores for all of the components and label your Base Score with the lowest component score.
    6) Once all of this is done, restart your computer (given your Base Score is high enough) and login once again. Give your computer a second to setup everything then it is as simple as right-clicking in the taskbar and selecting Properties and checking the box for this feature.
    I hope this is helpful to everyone, especially you Ubapook, and anyone else who has had this problem. It took me almost a month of searching to find this solution and my hope is that if it is out there even more, it will make it easier for others with this problem as well. Anyone who is confused by this post a reply

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