Preview Pane Not Refreshing Preview Image for Video Files in Windows 10

WMP Rich Preview Handler in Windows 10 has an issue that causes the Preview pane to not update correctly. The Preview pane gets stuck with the image of the video file that was first selected, showing the same preview image for other files. This happens to all video file types that use the Windows Media Player’s Rich Preview Handler. MP3 files containing album art images are affected too.

I could reproduce this in my Windows 10 system (version 1511) Build 10586.164, and here is a small video clip to demonstrate the problem.

This apparently is a bug in Windows Media Player’s Rich Preview Handler. If you disable WMP Rich Preview Handler, the preview pane refreshes the image correctly but you lose the ability to play the media file from the Preview pane, as the control bar won’t appear under the preview image. On the other hand, when the WMP Rich Preview Handler is enabled (default), the Preview pane fails to refresh, but still allows you to play the correct file from the Preview pane.

If you use the Preview pane for just viewing the preview image but not for playing files, then go ahead and disable the WMP Rich Preview Handler using this REG File (zipped wmp_rich_preview.zip). To enable the preview handler back, run the undo REG file.



Contents of the REG files

Disable WMP Rich Preview Handler

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PreviewHandlers] "{031EE060-67BC-460d-8847-E4A7C5E45A27}"=-  

Enable WMP Rich Preview Handler

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PreviewHandlers] "{031EE060-67BC-460d-8847-E4A7C5E45A27}"="Windows Media Player Rich Preview Handler"
 

Hope this gets fixed in future updates.

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4 thoughts on “Preview Pane Not Refreshing Preview Image for Video Files in Windows 10”

  1. Or install an alternative preview handler? 🙂 Microsoft doesn’t seem to be interested in maintaining a bug-free desktop/Win32 components any more.

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