Windows Explorer May Hang When Viewing Images

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Symptoms

When you attempt to view graphic images in Windows Explorer, you may receive a random general protection fault (GPF) or Windows Explorer may stop responding (hang).

Cause

This issue can occur if you select the View Thumbnail option and the following registry key is is configured to use the image/xbm value:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.jpg\Content

Resolution

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Internet Explorer version 5.01. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
267954 How to Obtain the Latest Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack
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To resolve this issue, configure the following registry key to use the image/jpeg value:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.jpg\Content

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Internet Explorer version 5.01 Service Pack 1.

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Article ID: 257675 - Last Review: November 1, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
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