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When I try to preview images, nothing happens.

Sometimes, all/most thumbnails do not show a preview and only show up as an icon.

Sometimes when I open 'My Computer' or 'My Documents' etc. the folders don't appear at all unless I reopen it a few times until they show up.

What can I do?

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Which operating system? –  Renan Jun 24 '12 at 17:21
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I assumed Windows since "My Computer" is pretty self-explaining. –  slhck Jun 24 '12 at 17:22
    
Windows 7 of course, I thought this forum was for windows 7 anyway. –  Mimi Jun 24 '12 at 18:04
    
Possibly could be this: superuser.com/questions/392289/… –  Adam Jun 24 '12 at 19:06
    
the thumbnails appear when a scroll up and down really fast so i know they are there, they don't seem to be appearing –  Mimi Jun 24 '12 at 19:16
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Did you affect some picture file extensions (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp etc...) with any software that you have uninstalled? If yes, you can re-install that software to get back your thumbnails, or you can change your file extension settings by using Control Panel.

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Which software would I have had to download to affect this? You sound like you know what the problem is, please help. How do you change file extensions and what would I have to change it to? –  Mimi Jun 24 '12 at 18:00
    
I had experienced this problem before, not with the pictures but with the video files. You can first try to restore to default settings by using this article (How to Change File Extension in Windows 7) : programmerfish.com/how-to-change-file-extension-in-windows-7 .If it does not work, you can try to install a software like Irfanview (irfanview.com) etc... I hope it solves your problem.The last option is to reinstall your operating system. –  NT. Jun 24 '12 at 19:41
    
this provided the fix thank you NT x i can't believe someone actually managed to help :) –  Mimi Jun 24 '12 at 20:11
    
you're welcome, I'm happy that solved your problem... –  NT. Jun 25 '12 at 15:43
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