3 Ways to Prevent Windows 10 from Deleting Thumbnail Cache

About Windows 10 Thumbnail Cache

You might have notice that Windows 10 thumbnail cache is deleted when you shut down or restart computer. This might be helpful to free up disk space, as the thumbnail cache also makes use of the space on your hard drive as well as RAM of your system.

However, if thumbnail gets removed, your File Explore will take more time to open folders with media files. Because it needs to re-generate the thumbnail for every media files and cache it, creating a notable CPU usage. Thus, you might want to prevent Windows 10 from deleting thumbnail cache.

In the following contents, you will get 3 simple methods to do it. Let’s dive in.

Method 1: Disable SilentCleanup in Task Scheduler

Step 2: Type taskschd.msc in the empty box and click OK to open Task Scheduler.

Step 3: In the left pane, navigate to the Task Scheduler > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > DiskCleanup.

Step 4: Now, right-click SilentCleanup task and choose Disable. Alternatively, you can also go to Actions pane and click Disable in Selected Item section.

Then, exit the tool and restart your computer. Now, your thumbnail cache won’t be deleted by your system.

Method 2: Edit Your Registry

Step 1: Input regedit in Run windows and click OK to open Registry Editor.

Step 2: Go to the following path by copying and pasting it to the address bar and pressing Enter: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Thumbnail Cache

Step 3: On the right pane, double-click Autorun, set its Value data to 0 and click OK to save change.

Once it’s done, restart your computer and your Windows will stop deleting thumbnail cache automatically.

Method 3: Uncheck Thumbnail Item in Disk Cleanup

To avoid deleting thumbnail cache by mistake, you have to view the items to delete carefully and make sure the Thumbnails item is unchecked.

Then, this tool will clean up all other unnecessary files you select and won’t affect your thumbnail cache. What’s more, the thumbnail cache won’t be selected automatically in future either and you need to check it manually again when you want to clear it.

Originally published at https://www.partitionwizard.com on February 29, 2020.

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