THUMBS.DB in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 – Deletion Error

In windows 8 and 8.1 the option to create a thumbs.db file is on by default . This can be a problem when you try to delete those media folders that you no longer need. Windows won’t let you delete the thumbs.db file and you will end up with a lot of empty folders that you can’t remove.

First you want to deactivate the thumbs.db from being generated:

The fastest way to do this is to run the following command :
REG ADD “HKCUSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsExplorer” /v “DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders” /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

For who doesn’t want to run unknown commands on his computer you can also do this by yourself:

  • Run (windows key + R) – write: regedit and press Enter
  • Navigate to:  HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explore > Advanced
  • Right click and create New DWORD Value , name it DeleteThumbnailCache  and set its value to 1.
  • This does exactly the same thing as the command I wrote.

Happy people! PING PONG!


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