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Thumbnail Views Not Displayed for Some File Types

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When you enable Thumbnail view for your folders and configure Windows Explorer or My Computer to be viewed as a Web page, the Thumbnail images for some file types may not be displayed.

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This behavior can occur if you remove and re-create the file association for a file type. The registry entry that is used by the Windows Desktop Update component to display Thumbnail images is not updated properly when you re-create the file association.

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To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods:
  • Reinstall the Windows Desktop Update component. For information about removing and installing the Windows Desktop Update component, click the following article to view it in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    165695 How to Add or Remove Windows Desktop Update
  • Click Start, click Run, type the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
    regsvr32.exe /i shdocvw.dll

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Internet Explorer 4.0 and 4.01 for Windows 95, and in Windows 98.

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More information

For additional information about Thumbnail view, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176882 How to Enable the Thumbnail View for Folders in Windows Explorer

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This article was written about products for which Microsoft no longer offers support. Therefore, this article is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.

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Keywords: kbgraphic, kbprb, kbui, KB178746

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Article Info
Article ID : 178746
Revision : 6
Created on : 6/5/2007
Published on : 6/5/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 424