Windows 10: Most photos do not display in File Explorer or Insert

Discus and support Most photos do not display in File Explorer or Insert in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Lately, when I go to look at an image in File Explorer or to insert an image in Word or Facebook, most of the images are not shown. I checked Task... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by TimField, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. TimField Win User

    Most photos do not display in File Explorer or Insert


    Lately, when I go to look at an image in File Explorer or to insert an image in Word or Facebook, most of the images are not shown. I checked Task Manager and CPU, memory and disk are not much busy. After a full 15 minutes, File Explorer still has not shown almost all the images as shown below:

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    I double-clicked on several of these jpegs and they pop right up in Photos:

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    I am on a Dell Optiplex desktop PC.

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    :)
     
    TimField, Feb 4, 2019
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  2. Billb1111 Win User

    Displaying Thumbnails for .jpg files in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    As "recommended for Windows 10", "Photos" is the default app for "Photo viewer" (.jpg isn't really listed as the file extension in the settings).

    Do you have another app you would suggest?

    By the way, my photos open and display just fine, the issue is the general absence of thumbnails in File Explorer.
     
    Billb1111, Feb 4, 2019
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  3. Billb1111 Win User
    Displaying Thumbnails for .jpg files in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Certified_Friend,

    Thank you for your continued suggestions and patience. I would like to respond to your questions in some detail and hope it can help us discover/determine a viable solution.



    Regarding which files do not have thumbnails: .jpg, .bmp, .avi, .mp4, etc.
    They have different icon designs, but no thumbnails.



    Regarding installing Windows Live Photo Gallery:

    • It is certainly possible I did something wrong, but I started by clicking on the link you provided:
      Windows Live Photo Gallery 2012 (Windows) - Download
    • From the web site, on the same line as Windows Live Photo Gallery 2012, I clicked on the Green Button labeled “Free Download, Safe download”.
    • On the next page, I chose not to sign-in with either Facebook or Google+, but selected the Alternative Download.
      That downloaded a file “wlsetup-web.exe” which I saved and then executed through File Explorer.
    • Navigating to the file in File Explorer, I did a right click and selected Troubleshoot Compatibility.
    • Next, I selected Troubleshoot Program, then the first choice, “The program worked in an earlier version of Windows, but won’t install or run now”.
    • In the next window, I selected Windows Vista (SP2). [Actually I tried them all, but you specifically said Vista.]
    • I then clicked Test the program. When asked by the User Account Control on my computer, I said yes, I wanted to allow changes to my computer which began the Windows Essentials 2012 Preparing to install.
    • That was very shortly followed by “Couldn’t Install program”…just as before.
    • Did I miss something here?


    Regarding previous installation of Windows Live/Essentials: This is a new PC purchased in the last year and it would not let me install any of the Windows Live/Essentials right from the beginning.
    I have gone through all the programs listed in Control Panel/Programs and Features/Uninstall a Program and cannot find any program listed that appears to address Microsoft and Windows Live and/or Essentials.



    All of that having been said, I have found some more interesting, but not necessarily helpful, idiosyncrasies.

    • Changing the default photo viewing program from Photos to Paint changes the design of the icons displayed in File Explorer, but does not result in the thumbnails being displayed.
    • Opening a .jpg file in Paint and saving it as a .bmp does result in the thumbnail displaying in File Explorer.
    • Interestingly enough, opening a .jpg file in Paint and resaving it as the same .jpg file also results in the thumbnail displaying.
    • Even more interesting is that opening a .jpg file in Photos and selecting Edit & Create, Edit, then Save a copy, results in the thumbnail subsequently displaying in File Explorer WHETHER OR NOT the file is actually saved (the final step in saving a copy).


    I guess the bottom line is that there appears to be an issue between the files as saved on my PC and File Explorer which may not be influenced by either Photos and/or Paint.
    Note these exact same files backed-up/duplicated on my Laptop (purchased only a couple months after the PC) properly display as thumbnails in File Explorer.



    Certainly, I could spend an indeterminate amount of time going through hundreds of photos, opening each one and resaving them, but that clearly seems inappropriate…there has to be a better way.



    Thank you again for your efforts at trying to sort out this weird and annoying situation.



    Bill
     
    Billb1111, Feb 4, 2019
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  4. 2018_AM Win User

    Most photos do not display in File Explorer or Insert

    Windows File Explorer - Insert Key

    How does one activate the Insert key in Windows File Explorer? Please do not give suggestions for Word, Excel, etc. - only File Explorer. If no method, Microsoft please provide a macro, etc. or program edit to enable this function.
     
    2018_AM, Feb 4, 2019
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