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Sunday, July 17, 2011

How To Repair Damaged or Corrupted Thumbs.db Files

Thumbs.db files can sometimes become damaged or corrupted which can
cause some very specific problems in Windows.
Sometimes one or more damaged or corrupted thumbs.db files can cause
problems when navigating around folders with multimedia content or they
could be the cause of error messages like "Explorer caused an invalid page
fault in module Kernel32.dll" and similar messages.
Repairing thumbs.db files is a pretty simple task considering Windows will
regenerate the file when the particular folder it's contained in is viewed in
the "Thumbnails" view.

Open the folder that you suspect the damaged or corrupted thumbs.db file
to be contained in -> 2. Locate the thumbs.db file. If you can not see the file,
your computer may be configured to not show hidden files. If that is the
case, change the folder options to allow the display of hidden files -> Once
the thumbs.db file is located, right click on it and choose Delete -> To
recreate the file, click on View and then Thumbnails from the menu in the
folder that you deleted the thumbs.db file from. This will initiate the
Thumbnails view and will automatically create a new copy of the thumbs.db

Note: If you can not delete the file, you may need to change the folder view
to something other than the Thumbnail view. To do this, click on View and
then choose either Tiles, Icons, List, or Details. Depending on your version of
the Windows operating system, some of these options may vary slightly.

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