Thumbnail Generator for Windows 11

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What is it?​

On Windows 11, the feature to have thumbnails for folder icons which show their content has been removed.

Therefore, this software aims to recreate that functionality and recreate a seamless and native-like experience for the user.

How does it work?​

The library uses the ImageMagick library to composite natively generated thumbnails into a single folder thumbnail, and it sets it as the folder's icon using desktop.ini.



Thanks for heads up to றѳѳղղįqվદ® from Virtual Customs ;)

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I've been thinking of trying it out but decided against it as I use IconPackager. There's a download link on MajorGeeks also.

 

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I've been thinking of trying it out but decided against it as I use IconPackager. There's a download link on MajorGeeks also.

Can't seem to get it to work, How do you install it? I assume I have done it correctly or maybe MS has blocked it I am using version 22000.176
 

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Can't seem to get it to work, How do you install it? I assume I have done it correctly or maybe MS has blocked it I am using version 22000.176
I haven't tried it. Hopefully someone that has, and got it to work, will post.
 

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I assume it's this

1630780175058.png

The code is well written - seems an adaption from C/C++ with PInvoke of native Win32 API's - nevertheless... I can't figure where the thumbnails are supposed to come from.
 

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I've been thinking of trying it out but decided against it as I use IconPackager. There's a download link on MajorGeeks also.

I have tried a couple of these programs, one bought up a box with options but still I could not get it to work. I either got the options wrong or MS has stopped it.
 

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Just checked the GitHub site and shows Prerequisites of having .NET 5.0 Desktop Runtime,


Checked my system and I don't have it.

Screenshot_9.png

Don't know if this will help @The-Hive at all. Will be interesting to know how you get on with it. :)
 

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I am assuming MS did this because there is just no way to make the thumbnail look good with their present folder style. The thumbnail in the older OS's up to Windows 10 generates a better folder view with the folder standing up than it does lying on it's back, fubar on MS's part. Guess they really didn't think it through.
 

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Just checked the GitHub site and shows Prerequisites of having .NET 5.0 Desktop Runtime,


Checked my system and I don't have it.

View attachment 7157

Don't know if this will help @The-Hive at all. Will be interesting to know how you get on with it. :)
That's Framework runtime

To check Desktop runtime use this
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dotnet --list-runtimes
 

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Just checked the GitHub site and shows Prerequisites of having .NET 5.0 Desktop Runtime,


Checked my system and I don't have it.

View attachment 7157

Don't know if this will help @The-Hive at all. Will be interesting to know how you get on with it. :)
Ahh, that may well be the problem then, I don't have it either. I didn't even know there was a 5.0 mine only goes up to 4.xxxx I must check the other pc. Thanks for tip.
 

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That's Framework runtime

To check Desktop runtime use this
Code:
dotnet --list-runtimes
I get this with that command, 'dotnet' is not recognized as an internal or external command, in CMD also not running in PowerShell. Thanks.
Edit, Google says it should be listed in programs and features. There is a Microsoft download site but would it be worth messing around with it?

 
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I am assuming MS did this because there is just no way to make the thumbnail look good with their present folder style. The thumbnail in the older OS's up to Windows 10 generates a better folder view with the folder standing up than it does lying on it's back, fubar on MS's part. Guess they really didn't think it through.
I agree, The way I work is great to open explorer and see the contents, it's easier to find what I want and I think it looks better
 

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I get this with that command, 'dotnet' is not recognized as an internal or external command, in CMD also not running in PowerShell. Thanks.
Ahh I see. I have never had anything to do with runtimes or dotnets, they are just there
 

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I get this with that command, 'dotnet' is not recognized as an internal or external command, in CMD also not running in PowerShell. Thanks.
You can download it here (click the runtime option not SDK)

 

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I was editing my post when you posted this (y)
O I C ;)

Apps that require it will pop-up a message to download it (if it's not already installed) - it's perfectly safe to install anyway.
 

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O I C ;)

Apps that require it will pop-up a message to download it (if it's not already installed) - it's perfectly safe to install anyway.
Yes but is Windows 11 perfectly safe?? :zany:
 

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