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Windows 7: PREVIEW missing context menu.

02 Jul 2017   #1

Wind7 64 x 3 | Win Vista 32 | Ubunto
PREVIEW missing context menu.

I just installed Win 7 Ultimate on a machine that had Win 7 home so I could use more ram.

One feature I always had is missing? The right context menu used to have PREVIEW which opened the image viewer. That is missing and I sure don't want to have to load GIMP for every image I want to check.

It still works fine in 7 Home premium but cannot figure how to restore it to the menu in Ultimate?
I really rely on that function.

I found a registry hack but it just gives me an error. I find a lot of responses her to restore to Win 10 but none I could find apply to Win 7 Ultimate.

Thanks for helping.

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02 Jul 2017   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Have a look at this:

PREVIEW option gone from JPGs? Solved - Windows 10 Forums

If your file associations are set differently that could explain why you don't see "Preview"

Personally I've never used "Preview" from context menu as image previews are displayed elsewhere anyway.
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03 Jul 2017   #3

Wind7 64 x 3 | Win Vista 32 | Ubunto

I fixed it by making a copy of the DLL's to my program files folder. To save space on SDD I created on my disk drive a partition for installs of new programs and changed the default in registry to reflect that location. The Preview as well as MS Games both stopped working. I guess that change can effect pre-existing programs but easy to just drag a copy of their folders to the new location and all is well.

I do a lot of graphics and love that function when previewing a folder of images. It lets me page through them quickly in a large window which is helpful if I have several versions of same render. Makes it easier to find a specific version when it is nearly full screen.

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