Returning photo previews to Windows Vista’s Pictures folder
Q: I followed your instructions in Windows Vista For Dummies to set Vista to be more like Windows XP and use fewer resources. Everything is running fine, but my picture files are no longer listed in Computer as small pictures but, instead, as icons with the file names. This is not XP-like but more like Windows 95 or Windows 98. With my Windows XP, picture files were listed as pictures in Computer.
How can I make the picture files show as pictures rather than icons in Computer?
A: When Windows Vista runs too slowly for your taste, my book explains how to strip away Vista’s fancy visual effects, which make it behave like an older, faster version of Windows. However, my instructions show how to remove all of the fancy visual effects, including the thumbnail images.
If you want to speed up your PC but still see thumbnails of your images, follow these steps:
- Open the Start menu, right-click Computer and choose Properties.
- From the menu on the left side, choose Advanced System Settings.
- In the Performance area, click the Settings button.
- Click to put a checkmark in the box next to, “Show thumbnails instead of icons.”
- Click the OK button.
Your thumbnail-sized photos should reappear in your Pictures folder.
This post explains how to fix the problem of missing thumbnails problem in Windows 7.