Generic icon is displayed for a picture file when in Thumbnail viewPublished: Oct 16, 2004
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When you change a pictures folder to thumbnail view, thumbnail images may not be generated and generic picture icon may show-up. Also, the Common Tasks image preview may not work when the folder is in any other view.
This happens if the GDI+ thumbnail extractor key, which comes with XP by default, is missing in the registry. To regenerate the image thumbnail extractor handler, type the following command in the Start, Run dialog: