Papa’s Best TIM Thumbnails icon

Papa’s Best TIM Thumbnails

See the content of PlayStation 1 textures directly in Windows Explorer.

The perfect tool for modding, analysis, and reverse engineering of old PSX games. Runs on Windows 7 or later.

Papa’s Best TIM Thumbnails displaying a folder with random TIMs from Ace Combat



Installation for all users

Papa’s Best TIM Thumbnails installs for the current user by default. To install it for all users on a system:


No thumbnails showing up

Ensure thumbnails are generally enabled. Are thumbnails working with other file types on your system, e.g. photos? If not, you may have disabled them altogether.

Is User Account Control (UAC) disabled? UAC is not only a strong protection against malicious software, it also properly isolates user accounts from one another. Since the thumbnails install in a user context, they may not run properly with UAC disabled. If you are absolutely sure about keeping UAC disabled, you have two choices:

  1. After installing the thumbnails, re-enable UAC and restart. Visit a folder containing TIM files and make sure the thumbnails show. Then disable UAC again. This seems nonsensical, but it makes Explorer accept the thumbnail handler.
  2. Perform an installation for all users.

Clear your thumbnail cache. This forces Explorer to request new thumbnails instead of relying on outdated data.

Dark background on some thumbnails

Clear your Explorer thumbnail cache (via the drive cleanup) or copy the file to a different location.

This is a bug in Windows 10 that also affects other thumbnails – for example transparent PNG images here and here.

I can’t do anything in my program to work around it, I’m afraid. Please use the Windows 10 feedback function to report this to Microsoft. If enough users do it, they may eventually fix it. Windows 7 does not have this bug.

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