If, like me, you have Windows 7 (or Vista) 64 bit installed, you may have noticed an annoying glitch – whilst the file previews are much better than they ever were in XP, they can’t quite manage PDFs. You get a funky message in fact:
This file cannot be previewed because of an error with the following previewer:
PDF Preview Handler for Vista
To open this file in its own program, double-click it.
For the last 6 months, I’ve just kind of ignored this. But I finally got annoyed enough with it to try and find a solution. As with most of these things, 3 seconds on google found me the answer.
- Go to this website.
- Download the patch.
- Run it.
Sorted. It will update your registry to make thumbnails and previews work, making your life at least 3% better.
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Or, like me you could just not backslide to vista or windows 7 =P
Windows 7 canes XP. If you have a modern PC, its much better able to use technology like multicore, hyperthreading and, since its more likely to be 64-bit, you can have more than 3Gb Ram. I would say 7 on my desktop is nearly twice as snappy as Xp.
I still have XP. no hassle, no fuss, always does what i need it to tbh..
No I agree. XP is cool, it works and its stable. It's also slower than windows 7, because it just can't take advantage of some of the advances in speed new technology offers – http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-compared-windows-7-vs-vista-vs-xp-615167
XP plays Robot Wars Arenas Of Destruction and all i use my PC for is net browsing/thread trolling/browser based gaming.
lol you win
not really… if i needed to do what you do then you would win, so in this case the victory is subjective.
you blatantly win because I don't have Robot Wars Arenas of Destruction in my life, and thus anything else I do just clearly has no value
please be joking! lols