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Disable Thumbs.db on Windows 7

In previous versions of Windows, you can easily disable Thumbs.db from being generated by Windows Explorer in the options. However, that option disappeared from Windows 7. This is a way to hack the Windows 7 registry to disable Thumbs.db. But to make your life easier, I've attached the modification in the attached registry file. Just download it to your desktop, double-click it, answer "Yes" to the "Are you sure you want to continue?" question, and you are all done. You might have to restart Windows Explorer or restart your computer for the change to take effect.

Attached File: Disable Thumbs.db on Windows 7.reg (156 B)

Mel
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 09:56:49 +0300

To re-enable Thumbs.db on Windows 7, apply the attached registry file. You might have to restart Windows Explorer or your computer for the change to take effect.

Attached File: Enable Thumbs.db on Windows 7.reg (156 B)

Mel
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 09:57:42 +0300

Why would you want to disable Thumbs.db?

  1. It uses up network bandwidth if you access network drives.
  2. Thumbs.db takes up disk space.
  3. Thumbs.db causes folders to lock, thus wasting your time when you want to make changes.

Mel
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 09:59:44 +0300

This registry hack does not work on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Does anyone know how to disable thumbs.db on Windows 8?

Mel
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:41:43 +0300

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Title: Disable Thumbs.db Generation on Windows
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Excerpt: If you are an avid photographer, then you probably have tons of photo on your computer. And that probably means that Windows has generated uncountable number of thumbs.db files all over your hard disk. Even if you delete all your photos, the thumbs.db files will still be there. The thumbs.db file ma . . .
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