How to disable thumbs.db in WinXP ?

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  1. vax

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    Is that possible to disable thumbs.db being created in WindowsXP ?
     
  2. fredstar

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    from following link
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    Turn off Thumbs.db
    Written By: Jake (Phat) | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 15814 | Print Tweak | 11/14/2001

    Thumbs.db is a file which is created in a folder with Movies or Pictures so that you can view a piece of their content without actualy opening them (you can't see thumbnails unless you have the option to view system files turned on). Thumbs.db is there so that you don't need to reload a thumbnail everytime you browse that folder. Sad fact is, is Thumbs.db takes up about 2kb per file and if you edit a lot of stuff its annoying to keep seeing them popping up all over your computer. You can remove thumbs.db quite easily by following these steps:
    1. Go to Run in the startmenu 2. Type gpedit.msc 3. Click OK and the Group Policy will open 4. Go to User Configuration/Administrative Template/Windows Components/Windows Explorer 5. Scroll down to the bottom of the long list of stuff that now shows up in the menu on the right. Double-Click on Turn off caching of thumbnail pictures. 6. Click on Enable then Apply, Ok. And now you no longer have this annoying problem.
     
  3. PersianImmortal

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    You can do turn off Thumbnail caching by going to Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab>tick "Do not cache thumbnails".

    You can also change thumbnail size and quality (and hence they take up much less space) by editing the following Registry entries:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]

    ThumbnailSize=32 Dword value in Decimal view between 32 and 256.

    ThumbnailQuality=50 Dword value in Decimal view between 50 and 100.
     
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    Thanks for the info fredstar and PersianImmortal.
    I usually do thumbs.db search every couple days, but it make my hdd have a lot of hole. Thus, longer defrag times for me.
     

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