SOLVED Explorer Thumbnail Preview Randomly Stopped Working. Yes I've tried folder options.


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Hello Community,

New to the forum so hopefully I'm posting correctly. Like the title says, picture preview has randomly stopped working. I use this feature daily for work so this is crippling. No changed settings, no newly installed apps. It was working fine and then it wasn't. I've done all the things a quick Google search suggested...double checking folder settings, cleared Explorer image cache and restarted several times. Windows is up to date. WTF? Any gurus care to chime in? Please help!
 

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Tried your suggestion. No dice. It's really strange too. Medium Icons will show the preview, but as soon as I switch over to Large or Extra Large, it immediately switches back to icons.
 
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Found the problem;

I had recently installed Google Drive Stream and decided to try uninstalling it. Thumbnails came back! I then re-installed GDS and not it and thumbnails are working. That was a weird one.
 

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Thanks for sharing your experience and solution.
Much appreciated.
 
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Seems to me some programs seem to think they "own" your PC. Case in point, CyberLink Media Suite that came with my Blu-Ray burner decided it owned all my music. But ,again,so did iTunes.
Not sure what other programs / apps do.
I do know Google and Firefox are both pushing new features which is why I stopped allowing automatic install a long time ago
 
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As to disappearing thumbnails - WIn 10 retired windows photo viewer and defaulted to photos and all I saw on desktop was a bunch of blue mountain icons. 1/2 hour with windows tech support gave a 30 second fix:
On desktop search box enter "file options" , click on "file explorer options" and then click on view.
There you can uncheck the box saying "Always show icons, never show thumbnails"
As long as I select folders from File Explorer all is good. If i open download file inside Firefox I still only see icons
PS I did not see the option to apply to all files & folders as seen in Wolfie's post - Am I missing something
 
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Hi Wolfie - Done
Maybe your #2 fix is more universal , now if I can just figure out how to refer to your link
 
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