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Windows 7: No thumbnails on desktop for PDF's and Docx

07 Sep 2009   #41

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

This will restore Thumbnails in place of Icons for pdf's ....
not sure about the docx part of your question yet.
PDF Viewer - Software To Open A PDF File - PDF Editing Software

Thanks to Barman58 for posting this link in another topic.

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07 Sep 2009   #42

7 rtm

Should I assume that you can still view PDF's in Adobe Reader or must you use PDF Exchange as well? Have you tried this? The specifications don't mention doing thumbnail generation.

At this point I have loaded W7 RTM on 10 machines (x86 and x64). All the x64 machines exhibit PDF thumbnail issues that come and go. ..... right now I am showing 100% of the PDF thumbs on my desktop . . . tomorrow it could be a different story....
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07 Sep 2009   #43

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

If I recall correctly, when installing the viewer with acrobat reader already installed there is an option to make the Xchange Viewer the default for viewing PDF files.

If you decline this offer then at least in theory the thumbnails will be handled by xchange whilst reading is handled by Acrobat Reader.

This is not proven but as long as the Xchange reader is loaded second, it should work

The other thing to watch is of course an auto upgrade of Acrobat may need the Xchange viewer to be repaired

Also with your particular mix of x86 & x64 does this happen on shared data files, what can happen is the x86 reader will create thumbnails which remain until the x64 attempts to create them and fails
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09 Mar 2010   #44

7 rtm

Ah..... vindication!! I am NOT nuts.

No, it's not my PC or some rogue application. Windows is still broken.....

BUT, here is the FIX!! Works perfectly in W7 X64 !!!

Fixes for 64-bit Adobe Reader preview handler and thumbnails

This guy knows his stuff!!! This program should be run on every X64 installation!

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27 Aug 2010   #45

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes - this is working - finally found the solution and donated $5.
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27 Aug 2010   #46

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

Our fellow member billynomates pointed me toward this fix the other week and i was so over the moon to be able to see my book and magazine covers again, playboy never looked better
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04 Nov 2010   #47

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

my pc windows 7 x32 ultimate with Adobe acrobat v9.4,
my issue is pc explore is unable to see the thumbnail view,

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05 Nov 2010   #48

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

I have the same problem. The thumbnails are there for a few days and then revert to the adobe icon. I can get them back by using the file open dialog in adobe reader. You don't have to open the file, just access the folder. No idea what is causing it. A permanent fix would be appreciated.
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12 Dec 2013   #49

Fix for erratic thumbs display problem

Sometimes thumbnails don't show, because the "explorer.exe" process has gone whacko internally.
To fix this, "kill" the explorer process, then re-run it again:
ctrl-shift-escape -> processes -> Explorer -> end process
ctrl-shift-escape -> File -> run -> (type in the word:) explorer -> OK
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