thumbs.db is the thumbnail cache file for Windows Explorer

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When will explorer cache photos?

If I plugged my external USB into my PC, but never accessed any folders in the drive (just maybe down one level, but with no image files, just more folders) would Windows generate a entry to thumbs.db ...
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NAS: pre-generating thumbnails for multiple clients

I have a simple setup: Linux server at home with a huge drive; that drive has a photo library (hundreds of folders, hundreds of gigabytes). The drive is shared with multiple Windows and Mac clients ...
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Sharing the thumbs.db file

in our situation we got network shares containing a lot of PDF's. People want to look at the thumbnails before opening them. However, the thumbs.db file is regenerated for every user looking at the ...
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Why are thumbs.db files stored within the directory they refer to?

I would have imagined that - being nothing more than a cache of thumbnails - thumbs.db files would have been stored in some dedicated cache area of the Windows filesystem: perhaps Explorer's app cache ...
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How can I remove Thumbs.db files [duplicate]

How can I remove Thumbs.db files from Window 7 without affecting any other files? I have already turned off indexing as I use a program called Everything for searches.
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Stop thumbs.db files in certain folders

I'm a big fan of folder+file thumbnailing, so I'm all for thumbs.db files. However, I'm working on a Git project, so every time I commit my git folder to the online repository, some thumbs.db files ...
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How to reset thumbnails in windows 8

I changed the album art of an audio file inside a folder using a id3 tag editor. But the folder thumbnail still shows the old album art. I tried to clear thumbnail cache using system cleanup, But i ...
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Centrally manage thumbs.db for multiple clients on a CIFS share

I have a multimedia archive viewable read-only by multiple Windows 7 clients. Each time the clients browse the directory in Windows Explorer, the thumbnails are re-created. They're useful, but they ...
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How to delete visible Desktop.ini, Thumbs.db and album art from My Music

How do I delete album art, desktop.ini, and thumbs.db from my music folder in Windows 7? I can see all of these files because I took the hard drive from my old computer and put it in my new one. It ...
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How to delete a Thumbs.db:encryptable file

I found a file called Thumbs.db:encryptable on my image folder, and I can't delete it. I've tried reboot my PC, but it doesn't work. When I try to delete a folder that contains this file, this ...
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What are Thumbs.db files for? How can I prevent them from being created?

What are Thumbs.db files for? I've seen them mostly in picture folders. Wherever pictures like icons and wallpapers are located, a Thumbs.db is automatically generated. I've deleted them many times, ...
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Thumbs.db does not always show up in image folders

For some folders, Thumbs.db does now show up even though I am showing hidden folders/files and always showing extensions. How do I get it to always be displayed while using Windows Explorer? Also, ...
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Deleting network files, I usually get “action cannot be completed blah file is in use” error. Must wait to delete

I'm on Windows 7, deleting files on Windows Server 2003. It feels like just the act of selecting the folder, and especially opening it, will put it "in use" for at least 20-30 seconds. After waiting ...