Vista explorer thumbnails fix

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I noticed the other day that vista wasn’t showing any thumbnails for 3gp files. I searched around and came across a registry file (.reg) which adds thumbnails to explorer for a large number of media files. An excerpt of the file can be seen here:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.3gp\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]

@=”{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}”
The only bit of this which is of any interest is the bolded part. This is the part which specifies the file extension. You can find a reg file which ‘fixes’ all main media types below.
This image shows the before and after icons displayed in explorer:

After | Before

Download it here

Use this at your own risk, i take no responsibility for any damage/problems that occur as a result of using this file.

Restart Explorer Safely

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Over at the how-to-geek site they’ve shown a safe way to restart explorer on Vista. This is useful because it will close explorer “nicely” rather than terminating the process through the Task Manager.

Restart explorer

The trick:

  • Open the Start menu.
  • Hold down the Control and Shift keys, and right-click on a blank space in the Start menu.
  • Choose “Exit Explorer.”
  • Open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), navigate to File->Run, enter “explorer” and hit OK.

Source: lifehacker and howtogeek