GIF files won't show previews in file explorer

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I'm having a hard time with GIF and JPEG files ever since I updated
from Office 2000 Office 2003.
When using File Explorer, other graphic file types (PSD for instance)
will show up as small preview pictures if you choose View Large or
Small Icons, or Thumbnails. GIFs and JPEGS just show up as the default
icons for those types of files, but not the graphic itself. Also, no
matter what view you choose, you should be able to see a thumbnail of
it when you have it highlighted. Not that case for these 2 file types
any more.
I've looked this up many times, finally found some advice but none of
it worked. I had to reinstall Microsoft Photo editor and make the file
association again, and found another program that was supposed to run
(or maybe it was a regfile) and was supposed to fix this error, but
none of this has made any difference.
All I want is to have GIF and JPEGs do what they always did and are
supposed to do by default in WIN2k I don't know what happened or how to
get this back without completely re-installing windows. Can anyone
truly help me?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Generic icon is displayed for a picture file when in Thumbnail view:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/imagethumb.htm

    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message news:1103078288.054160.121840@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    I'm having a hard time with GIF and JPEG files ever since I updated
    from Office 2000 Office 2003.
    When using File Explorer, other graphic file types (PSD for instance)
    will show up as small preview pictures if you choose View Large or
    Small Icons, or Thumbnails. GIFs and JPEGS just show up as the default
    icons for those types of files, but not the graphic itself. Also, no
    matter what view you choose, you should be able to see a thumbnail of
    it when you have it highlighted. Not that case for these 2 file types
    any more.
    I've looked this up many times, finally found some advice but none of
    it worked. I had to reinstall Microsoft Photo editor and make the file
    association again, and found another program that was supposed to run
    (or maybe it was a regfile) and was supposed to fix this error, but
    none of this has made any difference.
    All I want is to have GIF and JPEGs do what they always did and are
    supposed to do by default in WIN2k I don't know what happened or how to
    get this back without completely re-installing windows. Can anyone
    truly help me?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Will this work for Win2K as well?

    Thanks.

    Ramesh [MVP] wrote:
    > Generic icon is displayed for a picture file when in Thumbnail view:
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org/imagethumb.htm
    >
    > --
    > Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP Shell/User
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >
    >
    > <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message
    news:1103078288.054160.121840@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm having a hard time with GIF and JPEG files ever since I updated
    > from Office 2000 Office 2003.
    > When using File Explorer, other graphic file types (PSD for instance)
    > will show up as small preview pictures if you choose View Large or
    > Small Icons, or Thumbnails. GIFs and JPEGS just show up as the
    default
    > icons for those types of files, but not the graphic itself. Also, no
    > matter what view you choose, you should be able to see a thumbnail of
    > it when you have it highlighted. Not that case for these 2 file types
    > any more.
    > I've looked this up many times, finally found some advice but none of
    > it worked. I had to reinstall Microsoft Photo editor and make the
    file
    > association again, and found another program that was supposed to run
    > (or maybe it was a regfile) and was supposed to fix this error, but
    > none of this has made any difference.
    > All I want is to have GIF and JPEGs do what they always did and are
    > supposed to do by default in WIN2k I don't know what happened or how
    to
    > get this back without completely re-installing windows. Can anyone
    > truly help me?
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    That information applies to Windows XP. Don't have a Windows 2000 system here to test.

    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message news:1103258334.203598.154260@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    Will this work for Win2K as well?

    Thanks.

    Ramesh [MVP] wrote:
    > Generic icon is displayed for a picture file when in Thumbnail view:
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org/imagethumb.htm
    >
    > --
    > Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP Shell/User
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >
    >
    > <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message
    news:1103078288.054160.121840@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm having a hard time with GIF and JPEG files ever since I updated
    > from Office 2000 Office 2003.
    > When using File Explorer, other graphic file types (PSD for instance)
    > will show up as small preview pictures if you choose View Large or
    > Small Icons, or Thumbnails. GIFs and JPEGS just show up as the
    default
    > icons for those types of files, but not the graphic itself. Also, no
    > matter what view you choose, you should be able to see a thumbnail of
    > it when you have it highlighted. Not that case for these 2 file types
    > any more.
    > I've looked this up many times, finally found some advice but none of
    > it worked. I had to reinstall Microsoft Photo editor and make the
    file
    > association again, and found another program that was supposed to run
    > (or maybe it was a regfile) and was supposed to fix this error, but
    > none of this has made any difference.
    > All I want is to have GIF and JPEGs do what they always did and are
    > supposed to do by default in WIN2k I don't know what happened or how
    to
    > get this back without completely re-installing windows. Can anyone
    > truly help me?
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Would it do any harm to try this on windows XP do you think?
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