I just installed SW15. Why is it when I save my files, I do not have a thumbnail anymore? I can still see the thumbnails for the other files. The updated files have the generic file symbol.
Install the service pack as well. See if it happens then.
I had huge problems with the thumbnail not being generated and this was also crashing my windows explorer (20 times a day), when I upgraded from SW2014 to SW2015.
I tried reinstalling ms dotnet, I did a clean uninstall, deleted registry, reinstalled, ran with no addins, and with Open GL checked/unchecked...I did everything I could think of and everything my VAR recommended...nothing worked to fix the problem...nothing until I formatted my computer and reinstalled windows and office and SW2015 fresh...
No more problem after format and reinstall!!!
I know formatting is a pain, but SW crashing my Windows explorer, and thumbnails not being generated was more of a pain.
Getting the same here. This was a problem a few releases ago, something to do with a dll file not registering which got fixed in a service pack. Hopefully it gets fixed soon again as I'm rapidly replacing my old useable thumbnails with yellow blocks.
Solidworks please fix soon.
I am also having this problem after I changed over to SW2015 SP1.1. My VAR helped me do the "regsvr32 sldwinshellextu.dll" thing but this only seems to fix a few of the problems. Files are still being converted to the SW Icon (for example upside down yellow "T" with green box) and no longer show the assembly thumbnail. It is interesting that as you scroll the magnification (i.e. from small icon to extra large icon, some of the thumbnails appear and disappear.
Same here, this can help,
Windows explorer, right mouse click, properties, general, disk cleanup. Delete thumbnails.
This will force the thumbnails to rebuild, they should be OK until re saved in SW.
Not a fix, but it helps until it is hopefully fixed.
Not fixed in sp2.0 disappointing.
Still not fixed!!! SP2.
Works fine for me on SP 2.0 though it was not working earlier on SP 0, 1.0 or 1.1.
Yes, its ok now after a reboot.
Still broken here even after a couple of reboots. Arghh!!!!!
Broken here too.
I thought it was fixed after rebooting, but its doing the same again now.
Looks like the SPR is still open. https://customerportal.solidworks.com/eservice_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=InvokeMethod&SWEMethod=GotoRecord&SWEService=SWGotoR…
SW 2015 SP2. No crashing problem but no thumbnails. Previous edition thumnails are present till I save with 2015.
I'm on SW 2015 SP2 and have noticed the thumbnail issue on both Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro machines. I also get an error in Windows relating to the sldresu.dll on both machines, although it seems to be worse on the 8.1 machine. Not sure if that's related to the thumbnail problem.
This sounds like it will work. Here is the crazy thing for me, if I leave the file as is (no thumbnail) then close the folder sometimes the thumbnail appears. Not to mention sometimes it will produce a thumbnail. I have given up, but if I get flustered by this I will try your idea.
I also have this problem. SW15 SP2.1 on Windows 8.1.
Sometimes the thumbnails and date don’t load in explorer cause the whole system to hang. Sometimes I get an error saying sldresu.dll cannot load. I have tried https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/29353 without success.
Mr. Herrick, my colleague is having the exact same problem that you are describing since switching from SWX2014 to SWX2015 SP2, the OS was and is Win7 Pro x64. The problem persists in SP2.1.
The merely random loading of thumbnails, Explorer slowing down to a hang and especially the sldresu.dll error. It gives a a link to the ...\SolidWorks\lang directory, where there is no such file. Such files exist in the ...lang\english, ...lang\german and some API directories. On my installation of SWX2015 SP2 and now SP2.1 I did not have, nor do I have such issues. The file/Folder structure is the same for both of us, we are both using Win7 Pro x64.
We have tried the "thumbnail cleaning procedure" for the drive(s), going nuclear on the registry does not appear to be a viable solution due to the risk of losing vital settings.
I have not yet reinstalled SW15 although I am going to have IT downgrade the OS to windows 7 this Friday before the reinstall to see if that helps.
I have added the info that both my colleague and me are already using Win7, so don't expect wonders. Even though an OS downgrade should be the same as pretty much reinstalling everything, so that may have some effect. Good luck and report back please!
I managed to stop all the sldresu.dll errors on my machines by doing the following in Windows Explorer:
a) Turn off the Details pane (Organize --> Layout --> Details Pane)
b) Remove any SolidWorks-related properties from column views. Example: I always display "Description" as one of the columns in Explorer (View --> Details) along with Name, Date Modified, Type, and Size. This allows me to view a column of Part Numbers (Name) next to a column of the SolidWorks Description custom property (Description).
I'm really frustrated because now I can't use (what was) an extremely helpful tool to find/sort SW files because of this stupid sldresu.dll error. This better be fixed in SP3.0. If it weren't for the fact that we saved a bunch of our databases in 2015, we would have downgraded back to 2014.
I normally follow a rule where I won't upgrade to the next revision of SolidWorks until it's at least SP3.0, preferably SP4.0. This one time I ignored my rule it bit me on the a$$. Lesson learned.
The issue with the Thumbnails is related to Associate file type.
To correct the issue, please follow the steps below.
- Control Panel
- Default Programs
- Associated a file type or protocol with a program
- Locate, SLDASM, SLDDRW, SLDPART
- Make sure the current default program is Solidworks Launcher.
If You have anything else (Solidworks 2015) Change the Program to Solidworks Launcher.
All the best.
Where do you find "SolidWorks Launcher"? I don't find it anywhere.
Change Program is located in the top right corner.
I will say this is more of a test then a solution.
Still not fixed in SP3, also tried all the suggested solutions. I found a fix (for me at least). It had to do with a reg file missing. I've looked around so much for a couple of problems lately for Solidworks I can't honestly say if I found it here or somewhere else! But this registry file helped me.
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\SOLIDWORKS Shared"
regsvr32 sldwinshellextu.dll /u
Hope this helps
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