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I use Windows XP, but what are these Files on my Computer Thumbs.db? How can I get rid of these files for good?

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Want to know what file Thumbs.db does? Want to get rid of them permanently?

Small Disclaimer to my loyal readers...

First off, Before assuming that you're going to find a solution to permanently remove all of these files from your computer and make them stop, you need to know that my instructions will only work if you use Windows XP. If you use a different version of Windows, You'll need to look below this article for a link that has instructions for the version of Windows that may be using. If you do not see one, try using the Search Feature in the top left of this website then.

What is the purpose of Thumbs.db?

You're probably reading this article to find out a number of things. The first being what does Thumbs.db do? How can I get rid of these kinds of files for good? Both will be quickly explained in this article. Thumbs.db is a hidden system file that Windows XP places into each folder of your Computer that contains pictures. Normally, You don't even know these files exist unless you have configured your computer to show and display hidden and system files. By default, Windows XP doesn't show or display files of this nature. This small system file contains thumbnail information about all the pictures in the folder the Thumbs.db file is in. You'll know what I'm talking about if you were to go into the "My Documents" -> "My Pictures" folder on your Computer. When you go inside this folder, you'll notice on the left pane, a small Thumbnail image is presented. Kind of like a small preview of the image you have highlighted. This allows windows to quickly load up Thumbnail Previews when you're navigating through folders on your Computer. If you're familiar with how Web Browser cache works, it's much of the same thing. This file is used so Windows can load Picture and Thumbnail information much more quickly. These files are not threatening in anyway. They can be safely removed without causing any harm to Windows XP and your Computer System.

"I delete these Thumbs.db Files and they come right back again." Why?

You might have noticed that when you delete a Thumbs.db file, it comes right back when you visit the folder later on. Once the directory is closed, Windows XP places the Thumbs.db File right back in as soon as you re-enter the directory you removed it from without actually seeing anything. In order to stop these files from ever showing up again, we have to tell Windows XP to stop making them and you're not interested in Thumbnail Previews when navigating through your Computer's Files.

Instructions on stopping Windows XP from making anymore Thumbs.db files on you're Computer!

  • Click on the Windows XP [Start] Menu in the lower left hand corner of your Computer Screen.
  • Now you want to locate the Control Panel Icon in this Menu and Click on it.
  • You'll notice on the left hand side that your Control Panel will list items in either "Category View" or "Classic View". If you're using "Category View", click on "Appearance and Themes" and then "Folder Options". If you're using "Classic View", click on "Folder Options".
  • Once Folder Options has been opened, Please click the View Tab near the top of this Window.
  • Inside this menu of Check Boxes, Click on the Check Box that says "Do Not Cache Thumbnails".
  • Now click on the "Apply" button below, and the finally click on the "OK" button.


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