Deleting Thumbs

If a thumbs.db file cannot be deleted from a network share even though no one is accessing the folder in which it resides, turn off caching of thumbnails in the default domain group policy.


Windows Server 2008 or later
Windows Vista or later


1. Open the Group Policy snap-in

2. Under User Configuration, expand Policies, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components and then click Windows Explorer.

3. In the details pane double click Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files

4. Click Disable

Additional Notes

Important: this article may include instructions that require changes to system settings, such as the registry, incorrect modification of which can render the device unusable. Always ensure you have a backup and follow the instructions carefully. If you are in any doubt we recommend you do not make any changes. Use of the information on this page is subject to our Terms of Use.

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