disable windows 10 thumbnail cache

How do I disable windows 10 thumbnail cache? I still want thumbnails, I just don't want them stored.

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Method: 1

Let us follow these steps and check if this helps.

  • Press “Windows key + X” and click on “Control Panel”.
  • Double click on “Folder Options”.
  • Click the “View tab”.
  • Uncheck the following option, “Display file icons on thumbnails”.
  • "Always show icons, never thumbnails".
  • Click on Apply and OK.

 

Method: 2

Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder containing your pictures. 

Type "del *.db /s /as" (without the quotes).

This will delete all the thumbnail cache files including those in subdirectories and cause them to be rebuilt next time you open the folder.

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Thanks for the advice, but what i really wanted was a way of stopping Windows 10 from caching thumbnails but *still have thumbnails*. In windows 7 there was a registry fix but I can't find the same line in Windows 10 - is there a way of doing it?

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Hi

In my Windows 7 computer there was a registry line called DisableThumbnailCache. It was in

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

I've gone to my Windows 10 computer and gone to this location in the registry and this line wasn't there.

What I've done since is gone to this location in regedit and then to Edit..New..DWord(32-bitvalue) and typed in the new line DisableThumbnailCache, right clicked it and changed its value to 1. I don't really know if it has worked - could you check? I've got a 64-bit Windows 10.

Thanks

Robert James

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There is no known way to disable the Thumbnail cache in Windows 8/10.  The Cache also stored entirely differently from Windows 7.

See - this guide for further information: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5655-thumbnail-cache-clear-reset-windows-10-a.html

If you want risk hacking the Registry to do something nobody else seems to have achieved, then I'm afraid you're entirely on your own.

MJA
Windows Insider, Surface Pro 3, MacBook Pro (VirtualBox + Windows 10)

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When I open Control Panel, there isn't a "folder options" tab

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It's called "File Explorer Options"

Click on view tab

Tick box Always show icons, never thumbnails

Untick box Display file icon on thumbnails

click apply

At an administrator cmd prompt:

del thumbs.db /s /as

will delete them all.

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1) I would like to view thumbnails in my folders, not icons.

2) I would like to disable caching - I have a fast computer and don't need the Thumbs.db files to be created each time.

3) I could disable caching in Windows 8, why not Windows 10?

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