Windows 10: Stop Windows 10 Auto Deleting Thumbnail Cache Solved

  1.    4 Weeks Ago #1

    Stop Windows 10 Auto Deleting Thumbnail Cache


    Stop Windows 10 Auto Deleting Thumbnail Cache


    As most everyone knows, Windows 10 version, Microsoft is automatically deleting your thumbnail cache when it reaches about 500MB to 700Mb in size. This has made many thousands of people including myself IRATE loading all my thumbnails in Explorer just to have windows delete them on a regular basis. Makes no sense whatsoever.


    I have tried every possible method from anyone and everywhere and none of them worked. Total joke of misinformation and waste of your time. Then I decided to look into the registry under Thumbnail Cache. I came across many entries, and all with an exception of 2 entries were not going to do anything to fix the issue.


    But when I stumbled across 2 entries, it all made sense and was what I was looking for to possibly stop the auto deleting the thumbnails. And so far it has.


    To access the registry:
    Task Bar>>Cortana search bar > type in "Regedit" and select it in the menu.
    Select Yes in Security Box for RUN AS ADMIN PRIVLEDGES.
    or
    Go to: C:\Windows
    Right click on the "RegEdit icon" and select to run as administrator.


    The first one was located in the Registry at:


    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Thumbnai l Cache


    If you notice all the entries are for Disk Cleanup (See Photo) with an "Auto Run Flag" and the value is set to "1" which is "ON" and allows an auto run to delete the thumbnail cache.
    So right click on the "Auto Run Flag" and selected "Modify".
    In the box, change the value from "1" to "0" which is "OFF".





    Then the next entry was located in the Registry at:


    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCac hes\Thumbnail Cache


    If you notice all the entries are for Disk Cleanup (See Photo) with an "Auto Run Flag" and the value is set to "1" which is "ON" and allows an auto run to delete the thumbnail cache.
    So right click on the "Auto Run Flag" and selected "Modify".
    In the box, change the value from "1" to "0" which is "OFF".



    Close out Registry Edit and restart your PC.


    **NOTE: Before making Registry Entry Changes, Create a new Restore Point.


    It was obvious to me that these 2 settings would allow the operating system to auto delete the Thumbnail cache on its own. This was not the case in previous Windows versions. It is bull crap that they are even deleting peoples thumbnails just to have to keep reloading them. Very irrating and frustrating.


    I was never able to get my cache up above 700Mb and then windows would delete the cache on restart or even when you are logged on to your desktop. Now after doing this and loading all my personal thumbnails in Explorer, minus Program Files, Program Files(86) and Windows folder thumbnails, which is no use to me, it has been 3 days and Windows has not deleted them and the size has also remained at 1.69GB. (See Photo).



    YES, IN FACT, this is the resolution on how to stop the thumbnail cache from being automatically deleted through Disk Clean Up set to auto run. Disable these 2 registry entries auto run values and all is fixed.


    ----


    **** I DO WANT TO NOTE THIS:
    I have seen people who thinks the Task Scheduler Maintenance was causing the deletion. I do not believe it has anything to do with the thumbnail cache being deleted. I say this because from this article I am posting below, in my case, none of these 4 entries were on my system. I had no maintenance schedulers whatsoever, therefore I do not think these apply. But in case you do the above procedure and may just happen to have them deleted (Which I doubt), then follow this person's procedure to turn off any auto maintenance processes.


    Step 1: Launch the Run utility via Win + S, write down taskschd.msc and press Enter.
    Step 2: Use the left pane to navigate to Task Scheduler Library >> Microsoft >> Windows >> TaskScheduler.
    Step 3: In the right pane, identify Maintenance Configurator and Donít touch it, unless applying Step 4-b.
    Step 4-a: Use Right-click and Disable for Idle Maintenance, Manual Maintenance, and Regular Maintenance so that the right pane looks like this:
    -> Idle Maintenance - Disabled;
    -> Maintenance Configurator - Ready;
    -> Manual Maintenance - Disabled;
    -> Regular Maintenance - Disabled.
    Step 4-b: Select All items in the right pane and Delete them. This prevents Maintenance Configurator from automatically re-enabling the rest.
    Note: For this to work, it needs to be done from the Administrator Account.

    ----------------------------


    And now I think that since this is where the Disk Clean Up Registry entries are for turning off auto deleting for programs and system files are, that people say Microsoft now deletes your OLD Windows Installation if you do not convert back within 10 days. Well this is where someone in my belief, could turn off auto deletion of your previous Windows installations that are in Disk Clean Up and where you would delete your previous Windows installation from. I believe you could turn it off by changing its "Auto Run" registry entry from "1" "ON" to "0" "OFF" to stop your previous OS version deletion. Seems logical.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2

    But a major Windows cumulative update or new creator pack may reset the default values back to 1. So you may have to reset registry Values to 0 again. Time will tell when that time comes.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 35
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 1709 (OS Build: 16299.248)
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    Seahawks65 said: View Post
    I was never able to get my cache up above 700Mb and then windows would delete the cache on restart or even when you are logged on to your desktop. Now after doing this and loading all my personal thumbnails in Explorer, minus Program Files, Program Files(86) and Windows folder thumbnails, which is no use to me, it has been 3 days and Windows has not deleted them and the size has also remained at 1.69GB.

    YES, IN FACT, this is the resolution on how to stop the thumbnail cache from being automatically deleted through Disk Clean Up set to auto run. Disable these 2 registry entries auto run values and all is fixed.

    And now I think that since this is where the Disk Clean Up Registry entries are for turning off auto deleting for programs and system files are, that people say Microsoft now deletes your OLD Windows Installation if you do not convert back within 10 days. Well this is where someone in my belief, could turn off auto deletion of your previous Windows installations that are in Disk Clean Up and where you would delete your previous Windows installation from. I believe you could turn it off by changing its "Auto Run" registry entry from "1" "ON" to "0" "OFF" to stop your previous OS version deletion. Seems logical.
    Nice work, and I assume these registry edits are reversible. . . ?

    I haven't done the second edit yet, but will in a bit. . .
    Just change the "Value data" to 0, and restart, correct ?

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Reg edit 1.JPG 
Views:	5 
Size:	105.0 KB 
ID:	173418







    Oh, and here's a picture of my thumbnail catch . . .

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	diggers preflight check 1.jpg 
Views:	20 
Size:	126.2 KB 
ID:	173420

    Whoops, wrong picture. . . .




    I meant cache. . . yours and mine. .

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Thumbnails.JPG 
Views:	3 
Size:	61.5 KB 
ID:	173421
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4

    KCR said: View Post
    Nice work, and I assume these registry edits are reversible. . . ?

    I haven't done the second edit yet, but will in a bit. . .
    Just change the "Value data" to 0, and restart, correct ?

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Reg edit 1.JPG 
Views:	5 
Size:	105.0 KB 
ID:	173418







    Oh, and here's a picture of my thumbnail catch . . .

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	diggers preflight check 1.jpg 
Views:	20 
Size:	126.2 KB 
ID:	173420

    Whoops, wrong picture. . . .




    I meant cache. . . yours and mine. .

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Thumbnails.JPG 
Views:	3 
Size:	61.5 KB 
ID:	173421

    LOL. Yes it is reversible. why would you want to reverse it back to 1 when you can delete the thumbnails in disk clean up? Will do 2nd one in a bit? lol. You are there and it takes 30 seconds to change the other one. Have a good day!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5

    Stop Windows 10 Auto Deleting Thumbnail Cache "UPDATED"


    As most everyone knows, Windows 10 version, Microsoft is automatically deleting your thumbnail cache when it reaches about 500MB to 700Mb in size. This has made many thousands of people including myself IRATE loading all my thumbnails in Explorer just to have windows delete them on a regular basis. Makes no sense whatsoever.


    I have tried every possible method from anyone and everywhere and none of them worked. Total joke of misinformation and waste of your time. Then I decided to look into the registry under Thumbnail Cache. I came across many entries, and all with an exception of 2 entries were not going to do anything to fix the issue.


    But when I stumbled across 2 entries, it all made sense and was what I was looking for to possibly stop the auto deleting the thumbnails. And so far it has.


    To access the registry:
    Task Bar>>Cortana search bar > type in "Regedit" and select it in the menu.
    Select Yes in Security Box for RUN AS ADMIN PRIVLEDGES.
    or
    Go to: C:\Windows
    Right click on the "RegEdit icon" and select to run as administrator.


    Go to the "View Tab" and select "Address Bar"


    The first one was located in the Registry at: (Copy and Paste the following location into Address Bar and Press Enter)


    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Thumbnai l Cache


    If you notice, most all the entries are for Disk Cleanup (See Photo) with an "Auto Run Flag" and the value is set to "1" which is "ON" and allows an auto run to delete the thumbnail cache.
    So right click on the "Auto Run Flag" and select "Modify".
    In the box, change the value from "1" to "0" which is "OFF" and select "OK".




    Then the next entry was located in the Registry at: (Copy and Paste the following location into Address Bar and Press Enter)


    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCac hes\Thumbnail Cache


    If you notice, most all the entries are for Disk Cleanup (See Photo) with an "Auto Run Flag" and the value is set to "1" which is "ON" and allows an auto run to delete the thumbnail cache.
    So right click on the "Auto Run Flag" and select "Modify".
    In the box, change the value from "1" to "0" which is "OFF" and select "OK".




    Close out Registry Edit and restart your PC.


    **NOTE: Before making Registry Entry Changes, Create a new Restore Point.


    It was obvious to me that these 2 settings would allow the operating system to auto delete the Thumbnail cache on its own. This was not the case in previous Windows versions. It is bull crap that they are even deleting peoples thumbnails just to have to keep reloading them. Very irrating and frustrating.


    I was never able to get my cache up above 700Mb and then windows would delete the cache on restart or even when you are logged on to your desktop. Now after doing this and loading all my personal thumbnails in Explorer, minus Program Files, Program Files(86) and Windows folder thumbnails, which is no use to me, it has been 4 days and Windows has not deleted them and the size has remained at 1.72GB. (See Photo).



    YES, IN FACT, this is the resolution on how to stop the thumbnail cache from being automatically deleted through Disk Clean Up set to auto run. Disable these 2 registry entries auto run values and all is fixed.


    NOTE: Make sure you do not have a 3rd party program such as example: "CCC Cleaner", that may have Thumbnails selected to be deleted by that program. If so, Turn it off or disable it.


    **Also: A major Windows cumulative update or new creator pack may reset the default values back to 1. So you may have to reset registry Values to 0 again on both registry entries. Time will tell when that time comes.


    ----


    **** I DO WANT TO NOTE THIS:
    I have seen people who thinks the Task Scheduler Maintenance was causing the deletion. I do not believe it has anything to do with the thumbnail cache being deleted. I say this because from this article I am posting below, in my case, none of these 4 entries were on my system. I had no maintenance schedulers whatsoever, therefore I do not think these apply. But in case you do the above procedure and may just happen to have them deleted (Which I doubt), then follow this person's procedure to turn off any auto maintenance processes.


    Step 1: Launch the Run utility via Win + S, write down taskschd.msc and press Enter.
    Step 2: Use the left pane to navigate to Task Scheduler Library >> Microsoft >> Windows >> TaskScheduler.
    Step 3: In the right pane, identify Maintenance Configurator and Donít touch it, unless applying Step 4-b.
    Step 4-a: Use Right-click and Disable for Idle Maintenance, Manual Maintenance, and Regular Maintenance so that the right pane looks like this:
    -> Idle Maintenance - Disabled;
    -> Maintenance Configurator - Ready;
    -> Manual Maintenance - Disabled;
    -> Regular Maintenance - Disabled.
    Step 4-b: Select All items in the right pane and Delete them. This prevents Maintenance Configurator from automatically re-enabling the rest.
    Note: For this to work, it needs to be done from the Administrator Account.

    ----------------------------


    And now I think that since this is where the Disk Clean Up Registry entries are for turning off auto deleting for programs and system files are, that people say Microsoft now deletes your OLD Windows Installation if you do not convert back within 10 days. Well this is where someone in my belief, could turn off auto deletion of your previous Windows installations that are in Disk Clean Up and where you would delete your previous Windows installation from. I believe you could turn it off by changing its "Auto Run" registry entry from "1" "ON" to "0" "OFF" to stop your previous OS version deletion. Seems logical.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
After this second Creators Update (Creators Update 2), the thumbnail cache keeps deleting itself and having to rebuild after I wake it up from sleep mode, or just after a few hours of PC use (like maybe about 4 to 5 hours). Is anyone else having...
Hey guys, just made the upgrade from Win7 and I am wondering how to do this as the title suggests, I remember there being such a thing to do this here over at the sevenforums but this method is no longer working for Windows 10, so I am wondering if...
I have a folder on my desktop called "PC GAMES" and it has shortcuts to my game executables. I have the folder set to "View extra large icons" unfortunately Windows 10 doesn't load the cache all the time and my HDD has to spin up to load all the...
Windows keeps a copy of all your folder, picture, video, and document thumbnails in a cache so they can be reused to quickly display when you open a folder instead of having to manually scan and slowly load them each time. The thumbnail cache can...
Does Windows automatically refresh the thumbnail cache of its own accord? If so, how often does it do it? I know you can kick it off manually. I have a load of m4a music files where explorer is not displaying the album art thumbnail. I just wondered...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:43.
Find Us