Viewing Thumbnails in Windows Vista. Heaven or Hell?

So as you all know, I’ve had me some computer problems and after the last escapades, don’t ever want to have shutdown problems again so we decided it was time to go out and get a desktop computer for the home office. Great, perfect, we should have no problems now 🙂  However, we were not in the clear yet. Oh yes you heard me right!

For example, DID YOU KNOW, that if you use Windows VISTA, that it no longer shows the old flat folders like XP did. No, it shows new 3D files, ooohhh bells and whistles. What does this mean? Well, for us scrappers it means, no more scrolling through the files looking at the nice big thumbnail picture to determine what file is what, no, now you must look at the 3D file, which looks like a folder standing up with files falling out of it or of course you can read the file names (which takes much longer). So instead of seeing a whole thumbnail of what is in the file, you see papers coming out of the file. These papers are your graphics or documents that are in the file, therefore only seeing a corner of the graphic and yes, they all look the same when all you can see is a mili corner of them. As you can see, this is a travesty for all scrappers alike.

Well this was crap, so I called gateway who made my awesome quad core 64 bit processor with ram coming out the … you know what and enough space on the hard drive to do graphics for just about ever. Their response, sorry ma’am, we can’t help you “personalize” your computer, you need to contact Microsoft. So, I contact Microsoft, they refer me back to Gateway because Gateway owns the warranty on this product, if I want their help I will have to pay someone 50 bucks an hour (or whatever those techno geeks make) to tell me how to get my thumbnails back, in the meantime they can’t even tell me if it is possible to do, ugh! What the hell? So I set off to Google land to explore my options. Somebody, somewhere out there, must know something!  Also, Windows photo gallery does not display psd files. Vista files do not display psd thumbnails (only a Photoshop icon), so here you are stuck trying to figure out what your .psd file is exactly. Is there a fix, well, kinda… 

I found this website: http://www.flexbeta.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=8028
and this one: http://www.aeonity.com/david/adobe-photoshop-cs2-thumbnails-psd-file-in-windows-explorer 

Both lead to a download that you can use to kind of patch things up, I think. So, out of shear despair, I download the file and follow the directions. Did it work? No. Well why not, it seams to have worked for everyone else, try it again, nope something is definitely wrong. Go read every comment on every site I can find about the Viewing psd thumbnails in Vista. Finally, oh great… None of the patches work for a 64 bit. You’ve got to be kidding me. Some people have been looking for something for a year – only to have no results and have given up. How sad.

Ahhh haaaa, but what is this, a website with a cure for 64 bit, check it out:

http://www.youjoomla.com/support-forums/adobe-photoshop-forum/7123-photoshop-thumbnail-preview-64-bit-vista-and-xp.html

After you follow the direction you have to open each file in Photoshop 7 and make an alteration of some sort and then Voila, magic is suppose to happen. So, did it fix it? Well KINDA! Some files show the thumbnail, and some don’t. Ugghghg, gag, pheewwwwie. What kind of people make these new programs and don’t think to make sure the thumbnail is supported, whatever! So, if you have a 64 bit, you’re in the same boat as me, sucks to be us. On the other hand, there is an ultimate solution. Your computer may come with a way to reduce it from 64 bit to 32 bit. But if you do that, you will lose your quad core, your 4 lines of communication that make your computer so fast and it will become a dual core with 2 lines of communication. So, what is the solution??? I’d love to hear what you’ve done, as for me, I guess I’m gonna suck it up and enjoy 64 bit speed and hope that someone, somewhere comes up with some kind of sensible solution.

On a totally off subject I have my daughters in a toddlers group and I have volunteered my house for a BBQ and pool party tomorrow. It should be fun. Looks like about 18 people are coming over so far. I don’t think I’ve ever had that many people in my house at one time, not even back in my party days. I know many of you are thinking, oh ugh, yikes, too many people… but I’m actually looking forward to seeing my little girls play with all their little friends and socializing with everyone. Anyway, it’s pretty late and my contacts are screaming to come out of my eyes, so I’ll talk at ya’all later!

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