After searching for hours for a solution to this problem, and trying out the
various solutions: various Explorer settings, registry edits, calls to
Micro$oft support (Now, there's an oxymoron for you!), etc. -- none of which
have worked, I have decided that my time is more important than the cost of
the PowerDesk utility which replaces Explorer and handles thumbnails without
difficulty. Until then I'll just make a mental note to myself to never buy
another MS product until SP2 (or SP3) is released.
> I am having the same problem. I was able to view the thumbnails but now get
> the generic thumbnail image. I am unable to find the setting to view
> thumbnail jpgs.
> "RHM" wrote:
> > I am running Vista Home Premium SP1 with all recent updates on an Acer 5420
> > laptop. However, while using Explorer to look at folders with jpg, bmp, and
> > other image files; I see the thumbnails quickly generated only to have them
> > disappear and be replaced with a generic icon for the file type. Video files
> > (wmv, mpg, etc.) have "persistent" thumbnails. After searching for possible
> > solutions I have applied, or confirmed, the appropriate options for Explorer
> > -- uncheck the Show icons, never thumbnail option, etc. Additionally, the
> > system performace is set to "best appearance" (It has also been set to about
> > every other possiblity as well). Various registry modifications have been
> > applied -- with no resolution. The system has been restarted after each
> > change in configuration. Refresh will "flash" the thumbnails for a split
> > second before returning to the generic icons.
> > This is driving me crazy, not to mention wasted a couple days of productive
> > time. Since the thumbnail view is so critical to my daily work, I purchased
> > a third party file utility (PowerDesk) whose thumbnail functions are
> > flawless. I would stay wit this solution except for the fact that my
> > workplace doesn't want to purchase license for multiple copies of PowerDesk,
> > when Explorer should be more than adequate. Why won't Vista's explorer
> > perform as it should? Any ideas? (Other than, "you should have stuck with
> > XP!" I would have loved to have stayed with XP, but it wasn't my decision to
> > migrate -- downgrade IMHO -- to Vista.) Suggestions? Thanks in advance!