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Remove previews from Windows Explorer


Category: Tuning your PC

Previews are very annoying, especially if you have a folder with LOTS of multimedia content (movies, images, html files, you get the picture), and Explorer will try to generate thumbnails of them. This can take up the processor and of course your time, becoming a pain in your...

To remove this so called feature press the Windows Start button and the click on “Run…”.


In the window that appears type:

  • To remove media preview: “regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll“ (without the quotes) and then hit enter.
  • To remove image preview: “regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll” (without the quotes) and then hit enter.

What you are actually doing is that you are telling the computer to unregister (unload) the shmedia.dll library and the shimgvw.dll library which take care of image and media previews.

If you want to enable it again just type the commands above without the “/u” like this:

  • For media preview: “regsvr32 shmedia.dll“ (without the quotes) and then hit enter.
  • For image preview: “regsvr32 shimgvw.dll” (without the quotes) and then hit enter.

Posted by: Nitro on March 6, 2006 at 19:26.

» Comments

Nice job
Great post, windows previews were always annoying for me.

Posted by Gigi on March 21, 2006 at 06:14 AM.

couldnt agree more

Posted by proff on January 18, 2007 at 02:09 PM.

didn't work
I'm desperate to get rid of the Windows Explorer previews. I clicked start, run, and entered regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll as you advised.

I received an error message saying,

The module "shimgvw.dll" was loaded but the entry point DlUnregisterServer was not found. Make sure that "shimgvw.dll" is a valid DLL or OCX file and then try again.

Is there another solution? If not, how do I find "shimgvw.dll" and make sure that it is valid?

Posted by LSonna on July 14, 2011 at 12:38 AM.

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