You must have seen small previews for files and folders in Windows 10. These thumbnails make it convenient to browse files and folders in file explorer. Sometimes these thumbnails are not displayed correctly for some files and folder. This happens when thumbnail cache on Windows 10 gets corrupted.

All the thumbnails displayed in Windows OS are stored in a database called thumbnail cache database. As amount of files and folders grew, the size of cache database also increases. Sometimes due some errors, this database gets damaged and at that moment you need to rebuild thumbnail cache to sort out the problem.

There are two ways to rebuild thumbnail cache database. One is with disk cleanup option and other via Command Prompt.

How to Rebuild Thumbnail Cache using Disk Cleanup Option

Recreating Windows 10 thumbnail cache with Disk Cleanup option is easiest of the two options available.

Go to File Explorer and right click on the partition where Windows 10 is installed and select Properties (In our case it is C:\ drive).

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Click on Disk Cleanup button.

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Check the Thumbnail option and Click OK.

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Now hit “Delete Files” button to confirm.

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This will clear the thumbnail cache database and might solve your problem.

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How to Recreate Thumbnail Cache Windows 10 using Command Prompt

If you want to clear thumbnail cache with command line interface you can follow the below given instructions.

Press windows button and type “Command” in search box. Right Click on “Command Prompt” icon and select “Run as Administrator”.

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Type the below given command and press Enter. This will stop your file explorer as it is necessary to free thumbnail cache database from any connection.

Taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

Note: The above command will disappear desktop and taskbar temporarily.

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Type the following command to delete thumbnail database files and press Enter

del /f /s /q /a %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db

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Also read: Reset Icon Cache Database on Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

Now you need to restart File explorer, punch in the following command to restart Files explorer.

start explorer.exe

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This will clear and rebuild thumbnail cache database and solve your problem.

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