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Spotlight Question: Thumbnails and Quick Launch taskbar missing in Windows 7

TechRepublic member lee_in_ftc upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 but now can no longer see photo thumbnails or the Quick Launch taskbar. If you can help this member solve these issues, you will earn a free TechRepublic coffee mug.
TechRepublic member lee_in_ftc submitted the following question.

First off, I purchased this HP about two months ago. It came with Windows Vista installed, and when I downloaded McAfee and ran it, a lot of the HP software showed up as a Trojans.

Vista was very buggy. When Microsoft mailed me my upgrade to Windows 7 CD, I went about installing it. I backed most of my files up to a USB via a IDE hard drive adapter. I also restored the system to as it was when I first got it, added McAffee, rescanned, and deleted the Trojans again. Then I upgraded to Windows 7.

Now, none of my photos are shown as thumbnails. Instead, it shows me some picture for every one of the photos I have, and that picture is not one that I have seen.

I also haven't found a way to turn on the Quick Launch taskbar, even though I have added several things to it that I've installed in the last two weeks.

And yesterday, I received the Blue Screen of Death three or four times when I tried to copy a 200MB file to a USB stick. The first time, it said it was a Nvidea driver, so I went to their site and downloaded the latest driver. I crashed two more times while I was trying to do that.

So, my questions are: 1) How can I fix the thumbnail problem? and 2) How can I turn on the Quick Launch taskbar?

Please post your answer(s) in the discussion thread. If you can successfully help this member, we will send you a TechRepublic coffee mug.

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8 comments
tirzahruth
tirzahruth

The QuickLaunch taskbar is now the "Links" toolbar. Once you turn it on (right click on the taskbar > toolbars > Links), you can drag it to the same position where the QuickLaunch taskbar used to be. Then right click in the Links toolbar and UNselect "show text" and "show title". It's cumbersome and annoying, but it gets the job done. Sorry I can't help with the thumnail issue - good luck!

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

TechRepublic member lee_in_ftc upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 but now can no longer see photo thumbnails or the Quick Launch taskbar. If you know how to solve these issues, please post your answers in the discussion thread. The first person to successfully help this person will receive a TechRepublic coffee mug.

Trusk
Trusk

After reading this, I wondered as to why this person would need to view thumbnails when win7 give two thumbnail option: Large and Extra Large Icons. Both are easily accessible from the main menu in any windows explorer window, under VIEW. Is the memeber unable to see these options?

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Unfortunately, TR member lee_in_ftc never responded to this thread to let us know if these suggestions helped resolve his issues. As of 2/12/10, we are closing this question, but if you have further suggestions, please continue to post them to this thread. Thanks to TR members larrys2121, khepri, and tirzahruth for offering suggestions. To show our appreciation, we'd like to send you all a TechRepublic coffee mug. Please send your mailing address to trol [at] techrepublic.com. And yes, Bill, you can have one too! :)

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In December I put the same question about the Windows 7 Quick Launch bar to TR members as part of the TR Dojo Challenge series. As always, members came through. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to "recreate" the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7. http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1329 Hey Sonja, do I get a coffee mug? ;)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I've alerted the member to check this thread. Hopefully those steps will do the trick! :D

larrys2121
larrys2121

Open word click on insert the right click mouse and it gives you the option to open quick launch taskbar