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Windows 7: Can't view thumbnails (.db) from network drive

06 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Can't view thumbnails (.db) from network drive

I just upgraded to Windows 7 Enterprise having had used XP for years. In addition, I have an 8tb server networked with a large collection of movies. With XP, I made each folder a thumbnail (.db file) so that each folder containing the movie would have a picture of the movie cover. My HTPC is still running XP, and of course, can view the thumbnails just fine. With Windows 7, I have tried everything. Basically, i can't get it to show the thumbnail (.db file) which is contained inside each movie folder.

I have changed the folder options to "always show icons, never thumbnails" so that it will show thumbnails. I have changed the local group policy editor to make sure that windows has the proper settings. There is even an option to" turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders." This is disabled.

Basically, I just want to look and feel of XP with flat folders previewing .db files that are contained within each folder.

Any help is appreciated.


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06 Sep 2010   #2

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

Hi djdrock and welcome to the Forum
I don't know if this is what you are looking for but it may help!
How To Open & View Thumbs.db (Thumbnail Database) File In Windows
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06 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Thanks for the quick reply. That looks like a utility for viewing .db files. I am just looking for a way for explorer to properly display the .db files contained within a folder.
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