windows thumbnails stop working

Happened recently.

  1. open the taskmanager
  2. kill explorer.exe  ( try restarting it now (step 7) … see if it works.  Otherwise continue…
  3. In task manager: go to File -> new Task, run cmd
  4. navigate to C:\Users\<name of user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  5. delete all .db files (del *.db)
  6. close cmd
  7. again, in the taskmanager go to File -> new Task, run explorer
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