Indexing service adds data streams to image files

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Windows 2000 Content Indexing Server may add additional data streams to image files (.jpg, .gif, .bmp) that are stored on NTFS volumes.


By default, a filter driver is installed that creates thumbnails of images. These thumbnails are stored in an alternate data stream.


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You can remove the filter DLL that creates these streams by removing the following registry key:
To remove the alternate data stream, copy the file or files to a file system that does not support alternate data streams (such as FAT and FAT32).


This behavior is by design.


Article ID: 319300 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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