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Cannot see thumbnail images in Windows 2000


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adamt83

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Hi,

I can no longer see thumbnail images for .jpg, .gif, etc. image files as i used to. The problems started after installing Microsoft Office 2003 (i already uninstalled and reinstalled it and it did not fix the problem). I had found this help topic:
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SYMPTOMS
When you open a folder that is configured to show a thumbnail view of .jpg files, you may see an outline of the thumbnail and a small program icon where the image should be displayed.
CAUSE
This behavior can occur if the file association for the type of file you are trying to preview has been changed by a third-party program.
RESOLUTION
Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
Open the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg registry key.
Create a new registry key and name it ShellEx.
In the ShellEx registry key create a new key and name it:
{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}
In the {BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} registry key, edit the default value to use the following value data:
{7376D660-C583-11d0-A3A5-00C04FD706EC}

Of course, this example fixes only the .jpg file type. You need to repeat the procedure for the .gif key and any other key that refuses to show a preview. The method outlined above won't work for every file type, but you should be able to preview images having any of the following extensions: .art, .bmp, .dib, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, and .wmf. Have fun!
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However, when i go to create the shellex key, i get an error that the registry cannot be edited. Any ideas?

Thanks!
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download, unzip, then double click this file...say yes to merge into registry....reboot.

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Did so and got this error:

Cannot import.....Error accessing the registry

Any ideas?
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What is the exact error message you are receiving?

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sorry for not being clear enough. after i click "yes" on "being sure that I want to add the file to the registry", i get this message:

Cannot import C:\DOCUME~1\adam\Desktop\THUMBN~1\THUMBN~1.REG: Error accessing the registry.

thanks.

Edited by adamt83, 30 January 2006 - 11:03 PM.

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what operating system is this?
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don't bother, I reached into the wrong folder and attached the windows 98 fix

download, unzip, and run the attached.

Sorry

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i downloaded it, opened it, selected all of the file types (but noticed none of them were jpg, gif, etc (appeared to be mostly video files) and hit apply. i exited the program and noticed no change.

however, i am running 2000, not XP as was the file you attached.
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Gotta slow down....

OK, well, I have no access to a win2k machine right now...I will grab one later today and see if I can duplicate that issue and post a reg file sometime this evening.
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cool. thanks.
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any luck???
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No, got real busy, but you're on my list, let me go switch machines and come back in a half hour....
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download, extract, and double click, say yes to merge.

this assumes that you are using the default windows install..if your windows directory is NOT winnt, substitute what it is for winnt
Start > Run
regsvr32.exe c:\winnt\system32\browseui.dll
<enter>

and then reboot..

thumbnail happiness?

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thanks for the help...however, i got the same error when i went to merge it. how do i know what my windows directory is (if it is or isnt winnt? i dont really understand the instructions you provided. sorry.
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let's back up....is this your personal machine or a business machine?

It sounds like you are on a limited account that cannot access the registry

can you start > run
regedit
<enter>

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