Stop Windows 10 from deleting Thumbnail cache

If you are a regular Windows 10 user and quite often use it to store hundreds of thousands of photos then, chances are you access them mainly via Thumbnail view. Other views like Details, List, and Icon seem to appear quite inappropriate and irrelevant for pictures. What if the thumbnail cache seems to destroy itself periodically? It can be infuriating. Recently, a bug identified in Windows 10 Falls Creators Update v1709 appears to be causing this issue. The bug forces Windows to delete the thumbnail cache after every restart, or a shutdown. If your Windows 10 Thumbnail cache keeps deleting itself, using this registry trick, you can stop Windows 10 from auto-deleting the Thumbnail cache after every restart.

Stop Windows 10 from deleting Thumbnail cache

The bug identified as a task in Automatic Maintenance called SilentCleanup is causing the thumbnails to disappear each time you boot. So, all you need to do to eliminate this problem is stop the task from running.

Please note that the method requires you to make modifications in the registry settings. As such, exercise extreme caution before proceeding any further.

Open the ‘Run’ dialog box, type ‘regedit’ and hit the ‘Enter’ key.

Then, navigate to the following key-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Thumbnail Cache

Here, if you notice that the entries are for Disk Cleanup with an Autorun DWORD value set to “1“, it means SilentCleanup’ feature is “ON” and allows autorun to delete the thumbnail cache.

To undo this change, simply right-click on Autorun and choose “Modify” option as shown in the screenshot below.

Stop Windows 10 from deleting Thumbnail cache

Under the box, change the value from “1” to “0” which indicates “OFF”.

Similarly, locate the following entry in the Registry editor

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Thumbnail Cache

There, if you notice again that most of the entries are for Disk Cleanup with Autorun having a value set to “1” which is “ON”, change it to “0” which is “OFF”.

That’s it!

You have stopped Windows 10 from automatically deleting the Thumbnail cache on reboot. Just close the Registry Editor and restart your PC to allow the changes to take effect.

Thumbnails are intended to make the process of navigation in File Explorer a lot easier by virtually offering a miniature view of every type of files, be it photos, videos, or any document files. Annoyances, such as this can undermine your Windows experience.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. P650SE

    Thanks a lot, that was easier than expected.

  2. Jonathan Albertson

    This was only a temporary fix. At some point between now and the time I used your registry edit solution two days ago, the DWORD field was defaulted back to 1. So without knowing what else in the system is triggering the default, this is basically useless information.

  3. You need to find out what is triggering this default on your system. Perhaps troubleshooting in Clean Boot State will help.

  4. I set the values a few days (weeks?) ago, they remained off, but the thumbnails are still rebuilding today….

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