1. #1
    Unregistered

    Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    In my HP desktop I have come across this file 'thumbs.db'. Can someone explain its significance?



  2. #2
    expert Array
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    1,791

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    The hidden file thumbs.db is automatically created whenever thumbnails view gets enabled in Microsoft Windows. This file is created in the same directory where you viewed the thumbnails. This file includes the details needed by windows in displaying thumbnails for specific icons. This file is placed in each of the folders where you view thumbnails. If you wish, you can definitely delete these files from the directory. But as long as the thumb nail view is enabled, these files get recreated. Some users raise a concern if this file is a virus. Even though it is not a virus, like every other computer file, it can also get infected.

  3. #3
    pawan priyatham Array
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    gudur
    Posts
    103

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    if the thumbnail view is enabled the hidden file thumbs.db is automatically created in the same directory as where the thumbnails have been viewed. This file contains the information required by Windows to display the thumbnails for each of the icons and will be placed in every folder thumbnails are viewed.these can be deleted by user but whenever we view thumbnails again it will be created.This file can be safely deleted from any directory, however, it will be automatically recreated if thumbnails view is still enabled and you view that directory again.

  4. #4
    abhiabhishek Array
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    hyderaba
    Posts
    198

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    Hi friend,
    That file indicates the thumbnail you select in that window
    When you select the option view thumbnail like large , small , medium that hidden file is created
    It doesn't harm your system its just a small hidden file..
    REGARDS.....................

  5. #5
    ajjuravi Array
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    562

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    Thumbs.db is a specific file that is created when a user views the objects in Thumbnails View.

    This file is automatically created in that directory in which objects are viewed in Thumbnails view.

    Like other files are infected with viruses, this file can also be infected with a virus.

    So, some users call it a virus but actually it is not so. It gets infected with Virus like ordinary files but really it is not a virus.

  6. #6
    jrkk Array
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    229

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    hello friend . . .

    This is very simple process to recognize the thumbs.db.
    This file is created by windows operating system.

    Why it is created

    It is create for the purpose information about thumbnails view of current opened location folders.
    once enable the thumbnails in particular folder it will automatically generated " thumbs.db" file on the folder.

    What is the main purpose


    It is created and maintained by Microsoft windows . So the main purpose to load a thumbnails into particular folder.

    What happen when delete that file

    your current viewing folder in thumbnails . if delete thumb.db . The View of the current folder is effected.

    how can i get the file thumb.db


    It is was very simple
    Change the view of the particular folder. Then system automatically re-create that file on that location.

    All the best.
    Thanks . . .

  7. #7
    merupu Array
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    269

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    : Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    The hidden file thumbs.db is automatically created whenever thumbnails view gets enabled in Microsoft Windows. This file is created in the same directory where you viewed the thumbnails. This file includes the details needed by windows in displaying thumbnails for specific icons. This file is placed in each of the folders where you view thumbnails. If you wish, you can definitely delete these files from the directory. But as long as the thumb nail view is enabled, these files get recreated. Some users raise a concern if this file is a virus. Even though it is not a virus, like every other computer file, it can also get infected.

  8. #8
    teddy Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    90

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    DEAR::

    The only drawback of the thumbs.db file is that it takes up disk space. Although this space is very small in most cases, if you have a lot of thumbs.db files littering your hard drive you may be able to save some valuable space by removing them. Follow the steps below to turn off the creation of this file and delete the thumbs.db files that are on your hard drive.

    To turn this feature off, do the following:

    1) Open My Computer
    2) Click on Tools
    3) Click on Folder Options
    4) Click on the View Tab
    5) Place a check in the option "Do not cache thumbnails"
    6) Click Ok
    7) Close My Computer

    Now follow the next steps to remove the thumbs.db files from your hard drive

    1) Click on Start
    2) Click on Search
    3) Click on All Files and Folders
    4) Type the following in the section called "all or part of the file name"
    thumbs.db
    5) In the Look in box, make sure Local Hard Drives is chosen
    6) Click Search
    7) A long list of thumbs.db files should appear, click on Edit, Select All
    8) Click on File, and choose Delete
    9) Close the Search Results window

    Although this tip isn't for everyone, if you are low on disk space and dont use the Thumbnail view to show your files, this may save you some valuable disk space.

  9. #9
    Deepu Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    140

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows

    Hiiiii
    Windows has an annoying habit of displaying thumbnails for folders that you may not want thumbnails for, like the My Pictures folder. For me, it’s better to have the My Pictures folder viewed in List or Details view and all of the folders underneath My Pictures to be shown as thumbnails. Deleting the Thumbs.db file simply deletes that cache, which is regenerated the next time you view the folder contents. It is possible to configure Windows to never cache thumbnails.
    Thank you


  10. #10
    firefox Array
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    913

    Re: Significance of ‘thumbs.db’ files in HP desktop powered by windows




    dear friend,

    When an user set the folders/files view in thumbnail mode, the system automatically generates some hidden files which creates in the same directory, where the files/folders has been stored.

    Actually it is a system files which helps you to view icons in thumbnail mode.

    These thumbs.db files creates when you switch to thumbnail view & gets auto deleted when you switch to the folder view.

    These files are not virus or infected malwares-you don't have to worry about that.

    These are only system generated files.

    If you want,you can disable the thumbnail view permanently.

    For that you have to follow these steps-

    Open any folder.

    Click on Organize option.

    Select "Folder & search option" from the list.

    A new window will appear.

    Click on the View tab.

    Now check the box beside "Always show icons,never thumbnail" option under the Files & Folders option & click on OK.

    By this way you can disable the thumbnail view if you want.

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 13-08-2013, 02:31 PM
  2. Significance of desktop gadgets in Windows in Lenovo laptop
    By Unregistered in forum Windows Forum
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 25-11-2012, 03:48 PM
  3. Significance of SPS in HP desktop running Windows XP
    By Unregistered in forum Windows Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-10-2012, 11:04 PM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-09-2012, 04:22 PM
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30-08-2012, 06:59 PM