Reasons for Windows® 7 not loading Thumbnails
What are the reasons for Windows 7 not displaying Thumbnails?
Windows 7 has been come with a new feature called Thumbnails. The taskbar of Windows 7 displays previews of open Windows as thumbnails. But, sometimes the thumbnails can face some issues. One among these issues includes the Thumbnail not loading on the system. This happens as a result of the system handling more processes to display the Thumbnail. One possible reason behind it are the folders with large images. The Thumbnails in Windows 7 system can also get disabled due to a large number of files. Conflicts with system drivers are another possible reason behind the Thumbnail not getting loaded on the system.
Here are some ways to fix Windows 7 not displaying Thumbnails issues:
- Install compatible drivers
- Using Group Policy Editor
- Clean the hard disk
- Using the Control Panel
Install compatible drivers
The most possible reason due to which Thumbnails not being displayed in a Windows 7 system are the conflicts between drivers and Windows 7 Operating System. You can resolve the issue by installing compatible drivers for the Operating System. You need to also point out if any drivers have been damaged on the system, and if so upgrade these drivers. If the drivers have expired, try to update them.
Using Group Policy Editor
You can use the Group Policy Editor of Windows 7 to fix the Thumbnail is not been displayed issue. For this, you need to type 'gpedit.msc' in the Search bar of the 'Start' menu. You need to then go to 'Administrative Templates' located in 'User Configuration'. There, you can select the 'Start' menu and then choose the taskbar located at the left side of the Group Policy Editor. At the right side of the Group Policy Editor, you can locate the 'Turn off Taskbar Thumbnails' and you need to double-click and select 'Enable' and then click on the 'Apply' button.
The Thumbnails in Windows 7 may not be displayed as a result of the Thumbnail image cache getting corrupt. You can try resetting the cache to resolve the issue. For doing this, you need to open the Disk Cleanup application on the Start. As the application is being executed, you need to check the box located near Thumbnails and click 'Ok'. With this, all the stored Thumbnail cache on the system drive is removed and you will get Thumbnail images displayed properly.
You can use the Control Panel to enable Thumbnails on the system. For this, you need to open the Control Panel from the Start menu. You will then get the Control Panel window displayed in which you need to open Folder Options. You need to then select the 'View' tab in the new window and you can make changes to display the Thumbnail.
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