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How To Disable The Thumb.db File Creation


If you want to disable Windows Thumbs.db files from being created on Windows 11/10, here is how you can do that. It is possible to prevent this particular file from being created with the help of the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry Editor.Thumbs.db files get created in your computer when you view a folder in thumbnail view. It helps you store the thumbnail so that you can view files without delay in the future. The problem with this system is that Windows keeps those files in your computer even if you switch to other viewing modes. If you do not want Windows to create the Thumbs.db files, here is how you can prevent that.Disable Windows Thumbs.db files from being createdTo disable Windows Thumbs.db files from being created using Group Policy Editor, follow these steps:Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.Type gpedit.msc and click the OK button.Navigate to File Explorer in User Configuration.Double-click on the Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files setting.Select the Enabled option.Click the OK button.To learn more about these steps, continue reading.if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined')ez_ad_units.push([[728,90],'thewindowsclub_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_4',815,'0','0']);__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-thewindowsclub_com-medrectangle-4-0');To get started, you must open the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. For that, press Win+R to display the Run prompt, type gpedit.msc, and click the OK button.Once it is opened, navigate to the following path:




How to Disable the Thumb.db file creation



I have looked at other posts and have searched google for a while now and cannot seem to disable the creation of thumbs.db on server 2008 R2. I have created a group policy according to other posts I have read and it still seems to be creating the file on network shared folders. Does anyone know how to permanently remove the creation of this file?


The directory that is used in this regard is the same as that of normal thumbs.db file. These are not the system files and therefore there is no hassle to delete them as it is safe. However, if the user does not want this directory to be created time and again then there is a process that is to be followed to get the work done. This process allows the users not to view the thumbs.db files time and again and also hampers its auto-creation.


There is a process that the user needs to follow in order to ensure that the work is done. This process ensures that the user will never get the issue again as it stops the creation of thumbs.db files permanently. In order to get to the base of the process the steps that are mentioned as under are to be followed. It also means that the user needs not to face any issue as they are also embedded with the screenshots.


The user should make a mistake of selecting the disabled. This is to be noted in particular as most of the users think that disabling them will resolve the issue. The fact of the matter is that disabling them will further cause the issue as this will never let the computer disable the thumbs.db files.


It is one of the most used processes to disable the thumbs.db file that has been mentioned here. The user, therefore, needs to ensure that the one which is found to be easiest is followed. There are several other forums that are online and provide other solutions. The ones that have been mentioned here are the ones that are easy to follow and are in line with the demands of the users. It also means that the user needs not to worry about the process following as they are embedded with the screenshots. It is also to be noted that the user can apply the same processes on the other versions of the windows as well.


Windows stores thumbnails of graphics files, and certain document and movie files, in the Thumbnail Cache file, including the following formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, AVI, PDF, PPTX, DOCX, HTML, and many others. Its purpose is to prevent intensive disk I/O, CPU processing, and load times when a folder that contains a large number of files is set to display each file as a thumbnail. This effect is more clearly seen when accessing a DVD containing thousands of photos without the thumbs.db file and setting the view to show thumbnails next to the filenames. Thumbnail caching was introduced in Windows 2000;[2] wherein the thumbnails were stored in the image file's alternate data stream if the operating system was installed on a drive with the NTFS file system. A separate Thumbs.db file was created if Windows 2000 was installed on a FAT32 volume. Windows Me also created Thumbs.db files.[2] From Windows XP, thumbnail caching, and thus creation of Thumbs.db, can optionally be turned off. In Windows XP only, from Windows Explorer Tools Menu, Folder Options, by checking "Do not cache thumbnails" on the View tab. Under Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows XP, a context menu command to force refreshing the thumbnail is available by right clicking the image in Thumbnail view of Windows Explorer.


If Thumbs.db look like clutter, you can simply delete them but removing one does not remove every .db file. To disable thumbs.db navigate to Folder Options in Windows either through the Control Panel (all items view) or via Organize -> Folder and Search Options in Windows Explorer. Under View, select Do not cache thumbnails and then click Apply to All Folders.


On some system folders such as My Pictures, the Thumbnail view is the default, so creation of thumbnail cache database file is almost a must, even if you try to default it to other view. Once Thumbs.db file is generated, Windows Explorer may automatically change the default view for folders which contain Thumbs.db to Thumbnails or Filmstrip view mode.


The said .INF file contains the following strings: [autorun]open=WScript.exe //e:VBScript thumb.db autoshell\open=Openshell\open\Command=WScript.exe //e:VBScript thumb.db autoshell\open\Default=1shell\explore=Exploreshell\explore\Command=WScript.exe //e:VBScript thumb.db auto


Search and delete AUTORUN.INF files created by VBS_AUTORUN.BKL that contain these strings [ Learn More ][ back ] [autorun]open=WScript.exe //e:VBScript thumb.db autoshell\open=Openshell\open\Command=WScript.exe //e:VBScript thumb.db autoshell\open\Default=1shell\explore=Exploreshell\explore\Command=WScript.exe //e:VBScript thumb.db auto


If the thumb.db files are added to source control and are not checked out every time the image is modified, upon update of the snapshot view, these files will appear as hijacked, as Windows modified the files without them being checked out.


If your device is taking a long time to load the previews, you're troubleshooting a problem, or you're not interested in using this feature, Windows 10 includes at least three ways to disable thumbnails to show file icons instead of using File Explorer, Settings, and Group Policy.


The Citrix StoreFront management console automatically records tracing information. By default, tracing for other operations is disabled and must be enabled manually. Logs created by Windows PowerShell commands are stored in the \Admin\logs\ directory of the StoreFront installation, typically located at C:\Program Files\Citrix\Receiver StoreFront. The log file names contain command actions and subjects, along with time stamps that can be used to differentiate command sequences.


Turns off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files.This policy setting allows you to configure File Explorer to cache thumbnails of items residing in network folders in hidden thumbs.db files.If you enable this policy setting File Explorer does not create read from or write to thumbs.db files.If you disable or do not configure this policy setting File Explorer creates reads from and writes to thumbs.db files.


If you are experiencing problems with displaying thumbnails when viewing, or you have errors when moving or deleting folders, then you can disable the thumbnail caching function, thereby the Thumbs.db file will not be created and interfere with you.


You can disable the creation of DS_store files on network volumes. There is a command line command or utilities, e.g., Cocktail, can prevent their creation. The is an unMenu script that will delete the other files on a schedule.


On Windows 10 File Explorer, you can enable or disable a Preview pane shown on the right side of the window. As the name implies, you can use it to preview the contents of certain types of files. If you select an image file in File Explorer, you can see a preview, and if you select a text file, you can also preview its contents, and so on. Disabling the Preview pane might help fix "The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program," since an enabled Preview pane is sometimes the reason for this error.


Some files such as the Thumbs.db file can be disabled in Windows, so if you have a personal PC with Windows on it (ie, VMWare or Parallels), you can set it to prevent caching of thumbnail previews; however, this may not be possible for computers connecting to your networked shares.


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