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05 January 2006 @ 04:38 pm
windows question for the LJ mind  
Does anyone know why you'd suddenly lose picture details when viewing the contents of the My Pictures folder? On both thumbnail and slideshow view, each file just shows a generic icon instead of reduced-size views of the pictures themselves. This just changed in the last few days.
Caminando, desaparezcomargueritem on January 6th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Perhaps the view is set to tiles and not thumbnails?
Drewsilladrewsilla on January 6th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Yes! I was just going to suggest that!
Anna S.eliade on January 6th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
That's not it. Thanks, though!
minnow1212 on January 6th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Did you by chance install a patch against that really icky Windows Metafiles virus that's been going around? I remember reading in someone's lj that some of the solutions to that problem, the temporary patches that have been going around, disable the image preview feature.
Anna S.eliade on January 6th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Interesting--I didn't, but this is my work computer, so we might have had some kind of network automated installation. I can use this info to troubleshoot with our tech desk. Thanks!
minnow1212 on January 6th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
This was the place I read the info, so it might have more details:

darkseaglass on January 6th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
It's an early warning symptom when you're about to turn into a giant bug.
Rat Creature: voodooratcreature on January 6th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
I didn't have that problem but it's my impression that sometimes this ScrapBook thing is wonky, like with two of my images the thumbnail would be still there and show, but the picture itself would not display anymore and apparently couldn't be found. That seems a bit like your problem only in reverse. I ended up just reuploading the problematic images, and hope the glitch won't recur,
taverymate on January 6th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Get the Hexblog hotfix for your personal computer
Since it's a work computer, I'm betting that the network admins decided to put in a temp fix that disabled the Windows picture and fax viewer to prevent folks from tripping the WMF file vulnerability.

The best temp fix that I've read about (Hexblog - Download WMF vulnerability hotfix at www.hexblog.com) blocks the security gap but will still allow you to use the Windows picture & fax viewer as normal to see images. It just won't allow any executable code embedded in the images to execute.

Other fixes act differently though and may disable the viewer. Neither type of fix will clean up your system if already infected through the WMF vulnerability.

Oh, and the Hexblog fix has an easy and complete uninstall through add/remove programs for when MS comes out with an official patch - which won't be until Jan 10 at the earliest.