Image Previews Not Displayed in Windows Explorer

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When you click an image icon in Windows Explorer, the picture preview may not be displayed in the left pane.

NOTE: Previews are available only if you have the View As Web Page option enabled for the folder that contains the image file.


This behavior can occur if the file association for the type of file that you are trying to preview has been changed by a third-party program.


Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To resolve this issue, verify that the following registry entries exist for the type of file that you are trying to preview:

Registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file type\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}

Value: (Default)="{7376D660-C583-11d0-A3A5-00C04FD706EC}"

More Information

The following file types use the registry values listed that are listed in the "Resolution" section:

For additional informationabout thumbnail previews, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176882 How to Enable Thumbnail View for Folders in Windows Explorer

NOTE: This issue has been know to occur after an installation of Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1. This was resolved by running the Internet Explorer Repair Tool.

Artikkel-ID: 192573 – Forrige gjennomgang: 16. des. 2009 – Revisjon: 1