Where'd my thumbnails go?

Subject: Where'd my thumbnails go?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 06:04:51 -0400

Perhaps someone knows how to get this back...?

Sometimes it's useful to have Windows Explorer show folder contents as file info Details, and sometimes it's more useful to view as Thumbnail icons. I routinely switch back and forth.
Have you ever arrived at a resource folder in Windows Explorer (say a lot of graphic files) and watched Explorer gradually replace generic icons with thumbnail previews of each file?
Yesterday, I watched that happen in reverse.
A folder of 300+ graphic files, many of them variants of similar ones, so not easy to tell apart by cryptic filenames, switched back from useful thumbnails to useless generic icons. It was like watching the dog eat my homework.

All the .png files, the .jpg files, the .vsd files, the bitmaps, etc. became useless standard icons. . The files labeled with uppercase ".JPG" suffix were unaffected, but the lowercase ".jpg" files went generic along with the rest.

I tried refreshing the View. I tried setting it to View > Details, and then back to View > Large Icons, and several other variants. I closed the Windows Explorer window and launched another. I released the drive and mapped again. None had any effect.

So far, it has happened on one folder. But the affected folder is the one I need right now, and the one that needs a lot of quick visual differentiation of one file from another. I'm "temporarily" using Windows Photo Viewer to look at them sequentially, but it's roughly twenty times slower than simply looking at thumbnail icons in a folder.
I'm on Windows 7, and the affected folder is on Windows Server 2008 R2. Both are up-to-date.

Any ideas?


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