If thumbnails not showing on network drives in your Windows 10/8.1/7 running system, this article will show you how to fix it.

When you access network drive or mapped drive in Windows, you must have thumbnails displayed by default. But if you’re not shown thumbnails anyway, this article is for you. Below mentioned screenshot shows the network drive, with thumbnail preview disabled.

Thumbnails Not Showing On Network Drives In Windows 10

This issue could occur if your IT administrator or system administrator has applied setting to hide thumbnails. You can try either of the below mentioned methods to revert those settings and allow Windows to show thumbnails.

FIX: Thumbnails Not Showing On Network Drives In Windows 10/8.1/7

Method 1 – Via Group Policy Editor

FYI: GPO snap-in is not available in Windows 10 Home editions. If you’re on Windows 10 Home and want to use Group Policy, go here and upgrade to Pro edition, else you can try registry manipulation mentioned in Method 2.

1. Press W8K + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open GPO snap-in. Click OK.

2. Next, in the GPO snap-in window, navigate here:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates
> Windows Components > File Explorer

3. In the right pane of Windows Update, look for the policy setting named Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders. The policy might be Enabled and it is the cause for this issue. Double click on it to modify its status:

Thumbnails Not Showing On Network Drives In Windows 10

4. On the policy configuration window, set the policy to Not Configured and click Apply, followed by OK. Close GPO snap-in.

Thumbnails Not Showing On Network Drives In Windows 10

5. Run gpupdate /force command to update Group Policy engine and then check the status of problem, it must be resolved now.

Method 2 – Via Registry

We recommend you to create System Restore point before editing registry.

1. Open Registry Editor by running regedit command.

2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

3. In right pane, double click on DisableThumbnailsOnNetworkFolders registry DWORD and set it to 0 as Value data.

4. Close Registry Editor and reboot your system to make changes effective.

After restarting your system, thumbnails on network drives should be visible now.

To illustrate this method, checkout following video:

Hope this helps!

Related: How To Reset Thumbnail Cache In Windows 10.

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