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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Previews all blank

28 Nov 2009   #1
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Windows Explorer Previews all blank

I have lost the ability to preview any files other than pictures in Windows Explorer. What can I do to restore the previews? Thanks!

Update: I tried a System Restore to a point before the problem started and that did not work. I created a new account and was unable to view any Explorer previews other than picture files. Please help.


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28 Nov 2009   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

What was the last thing you did on your computer? Did you reset something, download an application, use a registry cleaner?
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28 Nov 2009   #3
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabilalk View Post
I have lost the ability to preview any files in explorer. What can I do to restore the previews? Thanks!
Use System Restore to go back to before the problem occurred if possible.
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28 Nov 2009   #4
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

I'm not a fan of System Restore. In the past, problems have arisen after using it, and I see it as a last resort. Am I being paranoid? As far as what I changed, I installed Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, but thats it. I use CCleaner to clean temp files every now and again, but that shouldn't have changed anything.
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28 Nov 2009   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
I installed Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop
This may have taken over your 'previews'
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28 Nov 2009   #6
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Check Control panel > Folder Option and make sure on the View tab that always show icons,.never thumbnails is unchecked

and Show Previews handlers is checked
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28 Nov 2009   #7
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
Check Control panel > Folder Option and make sure on the View tab that always show icons,.never thumbnails is unchecked

and Show Previews handlers is checked
Both of those settings are set as you suggested. I can preview images, however, I have lost previews for Microsoft Office documents, pdf's, mp3's, video files, even .txt files.
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08 Jan 2010   #8
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Still no solution to this problem.

Anyone have any other suggestion for this problem? I don't want to reinstall Windows just to fix this. Thanks.
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08 Jan 2010   #9
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

When you say "preview for mp3 files", are you referring to a graphic or the ability to make changes to the ID2 tags, such as Genre, Artist Album, Contributing Artist, etc?
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08 Jan 2010   #10
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Have you checked what Jacee told you about earlier?
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