Windows Vista - Clearing the thumbnails cache

August 2016

  • When launching a folder with videos or images, thumbnails are stored under the explorer of Windows Vista in the file type thumbcache_xxx.db found under Users [Username] AppData Local Microsoft Windows Explorer.
  • However, from time to time, the folder consumes lot of space in your disk. Below is a tip of how to clean then cache by using the software CCleaner:
  • 33 ccleaner
  • Download and install CCleaner
  • Before starting the cleaning disk, make sure the box: "thumbnail cache" is checked

Using a batch file

  • A batch file can execute a sequence of commands without having to retype each time.
  • To do this:
  • Go to Start> All Programs> Accessories> Notepad
  • Copy/Paste the following:

CD ..  
DEL *. db 
  • Go to the File Menu> Save.
  • Change the file type "All Files".
  • Give the file a name that ends with .Bat
  • Save and Close.
  • To run the file, you have to right click on it and Run as administrator.

Manual method

The Users folder [Username] AppData Local Microsoft Windows Explorer is hidden and protected, for modifying its content, you must do the following:
  • Show Hidden Files in Windows
  • Making a record to which access is denied.
  • And then just delete all files thumbcache_xxx.db

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