The Windows photo viewer is an option the Windows operating system gives us exclusively for all its users. If we want to open an image file that is damaged, it will tell us that the Windows photo viewer will not be able to open that image simply because it is damaged or does not have permission to do so. This error has a solution. You can locate it on the main page of the same image viewer that Windows offers you. Here we explain all the details.
What To Do If The Thumbnail Images Are Not Visible?
It seems that Microsoft should have removed the thumbnails of the folders in Windows 11, which causes the folder icon to be seen but in an enlarged or extra-large icon view. This did not happen in previous versions of Windows, which has proven to be somewhat inconvenient for Windows 11 users.
However, it is a functionality that can be recovered using a handy tool called Windows Thumbnail Generator, an open-source generator created especially to solve these problems. Well, this software uses Image Magick for thumbnail generation and uses multimedia files in a folder. Likewise, this great software that came to give you the opportunity to see your thumbnail images generates a desktop.ini file, which allows you to configure the thumbnail that is formed as a preview in your browser.
Generating thumbnails with the folder option is extremely simple, as well as very fast. You just have to download Windows Thumbnail Generator from your browser and extract a Zip file. You will also have to install Net Runtime and .Net Desktop Runtime and you will be able to start your software without any problem.
Having fulfilled the indicated requirements, you select the folder for which you intend to generate the thumbnails. You can specify an input folder and also choose other aspects such as: the maximum number of thumbnails, a shorter cover, the number of threads and the recursive mode.
Disable ‘Always Show Icons, Never Thumbnails’
If you want to disable the ‘Always show icons, never thumbnails’ function within the options panel of your browser, there is the possibility of preventing Windows from showing thumbnails. Fortunately, you can accomplish this feat by following a few quick steps.
The first thing is to look for your file explorer’s various options located in the taskbar. Next, you click on what results from that search, go to ‘View language’, and uncheck the ‘Always show icons, never thumbnails’ option. Next, click ‘OK’ and restart your Windows explorer using the task manager. You’ll then see all the image thumbnails, as an icon, in your file browser, just as you’d expect.
How Are The Changes Applied?
As you already know, you have the option to show thumbnails enabled in all the folders that have images or videos as content is a very useful alternative and, above all, being able to have them as an icon to preview the content of each folder. This definitely saves us a lot of time and effort at the same time.
However, sometimes these thumbnails fail to display correctly in File Explorer or the respective loading is very slow. In both cases, there are several alternatives to overcome these failures. Among them are: restoring the folders, configuring or restoring Windows explorer, delete the thumbnail cache.
The important thing is that you know that, for any of the options you choose to work, it is necessary that after installing them, to run them, you restart your browser and that way, you can verify that everything has been installed correctly. You can enjoy this exclusive function’s benefits for all Windows users.
Why Does This Error Occur In The Image Preview?
It is interesting to have these important details about the image preview function at hand. This option was released in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It was presented with the name ‘Windows Picture and Fax Viewer’. Later, Microsoft implemented Windows Photo Gallery and thus replaced the photo viewer in Windows Vista.
It turns out that the ‘Windows Photo Viewer can’t open this image’ error can therefore appear on a user’s computer for various reasons, including limited file format support, insufficient memory, and so on. Application outdated. The good thing is that in all cases, there is a solution, whether it is converting the images to another type, updating the Windows photo viewer and also when using other photo viewers or expanding the memory of the PC.
The first is ‘the file has been deleted or the location is not available’. In this case, the Windows photo viewer will specify that this is the problem presented, so you will have to choose to recover the files you deleted or that you change location.
The second conflict refers to: ‘there is not enough memory available’. In this case it is recommended to close those programs that you do not use and be able to free up space on your hard disk. The other thing is that you add more memory to your PC. By doing one of these two options, you will have already solved the problem and you can try again.
The third conflict that occurs frequently is incorrect permissions, that is, in this case the Windows photo viewer is not authorized to locate this file because it does not have permission to do so. Finally, a fourth conflict is that the format is incompatible or that the photo viewer is already archaic; therefore, the requested action does not proceed. To solve this detail, you just have to update the version of your photo viewer so that you have access to the most recent one.