Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:35 PM
recently I noticed neither my Windows picture and fax viewer nor my thumbnail folder views are working. Double clicking on a file to open it with the default winpic&fax viewer results in nothing, nor does choosing it from an "open with.." menu on another picture type. Switching to thumbnail view does not generate a thumbnail.db file (yes I have caching on) nor do the thumbnails themselves show anything other than a generic placeholder.
The tricky part is, the solution all over the internet of regsvr32 shimgvw.dll in all its iterations does not fix the problem.
I'm pretty good with computers, which is to say I'm competent and familiar with them. I'm pretty sure my computer's clean of any type of virus or malware that could be causing this. I've run:
in the past day just to be sure. They've found nothing.
I've tried unregistering shmedia & shimgvw, copying them from i386, replacing them from a recovery disc, replacing them from another computer - nothing. I've tried repairing the registry - nothing.
I cannot for the life of me fix this problem and everywhere else I've searched seems to need no further than the registering of that dll, but apparently I do. I found one old thread on this site where the problem might have been an automatic office xp update, and I did have one that was downloaded and installed on 8-18-09...however it can't be uninstalled and I haven't found anything supporting a problem with this update.
So...anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance,