Win 10 – fix damaged thumbnails

Windows 10 enable preview of pictures, videos, folders and documents. This preview thumbnails are stored in the cache database, to enable a quick preview. As cache grows, there is possibility that something go wrong and this cache is damaged.

Reset of this database can be done on few ways.

Using Command prompt
  1. Open elevated command prompt
  2. run taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
  3. run del /f /s /q /a %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db
  4. run start explorer.exe
  5. close elevated command prompt
Using Disk Cleanup
  1. Open File Explorer
  2. On the right pane, right click on C: drive
  3. Select Properties
  4. Choose Disk Cleanup
  5. Select Thumbnails
  6. Click OK
  7. Click Delete Files

Also, check next

  1. In File Explorer select View > Options > View
  2. Check that option Always show icons, never thumbnails is not checked
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