I have looked at other posts and have searched google for a while now and cannot seem to disable the creation of thumbs.db on server 2008 R2. I have created a group policy according to other posts I have read and it still seems to be creating the file on network shared folders. Does anyone know how to permanently remove the creation of this file?
Which group policy have you applied? Have you tried the one as below?
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\ -
"Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders"
- Edited by Zhang QikunMicrosoft contingent staff, Moderator Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:24 AM
Thanks for the reply Zhang but I have implemented this policy
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\ -Turn off caching of thumbnail pictures
Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files
Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders
Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons
verified via gpresult /Z and thumbnail.db is still showing up.
Please refer to the following steps:
1. Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to
3. Double-click the DisableThumbnailCache value, or go to Edit -> New -> DWORD value to create a new value by that name.
4. Enter 1 for its value.
5. Click Ok and close the Registry Editor when you're done; you'll have to log off and then log back on for this to take effect.
Enable the following policy setting on clients that connect to the tomcat server:
Policy Path User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer
Policy Setting "Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders"
Policy Value Enabled
Denied creation of thumbs.db using option "File screening" in “File Server Resource Manager” feature.
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- Proposed as answer by Zhang QikunMicrosoft contingent staff, Moderator Friday, March 23, 2012 2:30 AM