All the time I have the problem that I cannot delete - move - rename folders in Windows 7 on network drives because of the thumbs.db file. It complains: "The action can't be completed because the file is open in Windows Explorer." I found something in a long thread that works for me.

  • You may also stop explorer.exe with taskkill and delete that folder with rd /s commands. – Biswapriyo May 30 '17 at 4:36


I accidentally came across a slightly easier fix for this bug. Instead of setting "Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders" to Enable, I simply changed the Windows Explorer display setting from "Details" to "Content". Then I was able to delete my Thumbs.db files without any complaints from Windows 7, even though I have thumbnails enabled. After deleting the offending file(s), I just restore the display to "Details" again.

thanks my unknown hero robster8192

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