If you’ve ever found thumb.db files in a network folder where multiple computers are connected to each other and have access to the same content, you know how difficult it can be to delete them, since they read like system ones.
Thumbs.db files are generated automatically when viewing images, they are needed for caching content and fast loading. It should be noted that such folders are hidden by default, and only after
enable the setting of displaying hidden files in the explorer, they appear in the general list.
Removing thumbs.db files from a network folder in Windows 10
The difficulty in removing them is that they can be used by several computers or users, as a result of which they will be launched in the explorer of several PCs, and to uninstall some
either the file you need to close it or stop the process in the task manager.
You can delete the thumbs.db files from the network folder as follows:
- Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to delete.
- Select the “View” tab on the top pane of the window.
- Check the box for Hidden items.
- Then go to the Navigation Pane tab, and click the check mark on Show all folders.
- Find the problematic thumbs.db file in the list and delete it.
Disable thumbs.db files in Group Policy settings
If deletion is still not possible, you should first disable the creation of thumbs.db files and try again. This can be done by editing Group Policy.
- Press the Win + R combination, enter gpedit.msc and click on the OK button.
- When the Local Group Policy Editor window opens, navigate to the following path: User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Explorer.
- On the right side of the window, find the option “Disable image caching in hidden files thumbs.db”.
- In the next window, click on the “Enabled” checkbox to disable this feature.
- Click Apply and OK.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Alternative option to disable thumbs.db files
Another way to disable thumbs.db files is through the Windows registry. Please note that incorrect changes to the Registry Editor can have serious consequences for the system.
Be attentive and careful.
- Press Win + R again to open the Run window.
- Enter Regedit and click OK.
- In the registry window, navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Policies Microsoft Windows.
- Right click on the Windows folder and create a new key.
- Name the key Explorer and click Enter.
- After that, right-click on the created Explorer file and select New.
- Click on the DWORD (32-bit) parameter.
- Name it DWORD DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders and press Enter.
- Double-click the newly created DWORD to change its value.
- In the Edit String field that appears, change the default from 0 to 1.
- When finished, click OK and reboot the system.
Now, when trying to delete Thumbs.db files from a Windows 10 network folder, you will not encounter problems. Leave comments if you managed to fix the error and share alternative solutions.