In 2013, research was conducted that focused on the Digital Forensic implications of thumbnail caches and recovering partial thumbnail cache files.It identified that whilst there is a standard definition of a thumbnail cache the structure and forensic artifacts recoverable from them varies significantly between operating systems.Under Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows XP, a context menu command to force refreshing the thumbnail is available by right clicking the image in Thumbnail view of Windows Explorer.files are stored in each directory that contains thumbnails on Windows systems.
Since Bleeping is my favorite stop, I thought I would seek an answer here rather than letting Google find another false positive to my question. My experience is that the thumbnails reflected by Explorer view..update when the folder/Explorer window is opened.
A separate file was created if Windows 2000 was installed on a FAT32 volume. From Windows XP, thumbnail caching, and thus creation of Thumbs.db, can optionally be turned off.
In Windows XP only, from Windows Explorer Tools Menu, Folder Options, by checking "Do not cache thumbnails" on the View tab.
The cache is stored at as a number of files with the label thumbcache_(numbered by size); as well as an index used to find thumbnails in each sized database.
However, when browsing network shares with write permission, Windows Vista and Windows 7 store a file in the remote directory instead of using the (local) central thumbnail cache.When I troll through forums, this is a common problem. cleaning the thumbnail cache does not fix the problem.