"thumbs.db" msg.


Old 09-07-06, 10:25 AM
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"thumbs.db" msg.

I get this message warning relating to when i download a file for
CD burning. The msg. is very quick then disappears.
It concerns me in that it says that there is data attached that might be dangerous to continue downloading for burning.
I noticed the warning appears on some files and photo downloads.
Is this something in Microsoft software that i should be concerned about?

Windows XP,sp-2,Dell E310(new machine)

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Old 09-07-06, 11:47 AM
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This article will probably help ya out: (I copied and pasted it here in case you didn't want to copy and paste the url)


"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.

(Editor's note:

Alternatively or if you use XP Home you can make this change in Control Panel > Folder Options > View > "Do not cache thumbnails"

Disabling thumbnail caching will considerably slow down opening folders in thumbnail view. So if you use thumbnail view a lot, think about it.)"

Hope this helps
Old 09-07-06, 12:11 PM
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Thanks for your reply.. Great info,and i have disabled the
cache choice. I was concerned with "WARNING" msg would suggest i would wipe out some files and/or folders.
Thanks again.

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