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Friday, November 11, 2011

Revit file Thumbnail Previews do not display in Windows Explorer - Update RT @RevitClinic

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This post is contributed by Niranjan Kamath who supports Revit on our team in India.

We have seen some issues with  thumbnail previews not displaying in Windows Explorer. On some machines, the Revit family and project file thumbnail previews don't show up.  You may remember a post we did a while ago on the topic: Thumbnail Previews and Locked Files in Windows Explorer

In most case, it is related to a specific dll file. For Revit 2012, it is Revit.Thumbnail.dll, and for Revit 2011 and 2010 version, it is Revit.FilePreview.dll.

In order to fix this, follow the steps below:

  1. Click Start- -Run
  2. Enter regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2012\Program\Revit.Thumbnail.dll"
  3. Click OK, a message will show up saying DllUnregisterServer succeeded, click OK.
      Unreg
  4. Click Start- -Run
  5. Enter regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2012\Program\Revit.Thumbnail.dll"
  6. Click OK, a message will show up saying DllRegisterServer succeeded.
    Rereg

Note:

  1. You need to modify the path above based on your own Revit installation folder. If you can't find this dll file on your machine, you can copy it from DVD or other machine.
  2. For Revit 2011 and 2010, replace Revit.Thumbnail.dll with Revit.FilePreview.dll in the path above.

 




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