version 8 and ThumbsPlus
version 7 SP2 (build 2251) and run well
on Windows® Vista® and
Windows 7. Earlier versions are not recommended or
supported. We have
that some earlier versions will not always exit completely on
Vista (they leave a task in Task Manager that has to be
to finish releasing all resources). We cannot provide
support for earlier ThumbsPlus versions on Vista or Windows
So the first rule of ThumbsPlus on Vista is:
Run the latest version! You can check the About box or the right
side of the main menu bar to tell the build number. It should
be either 8.0 build 3516 (or higher) or 7.0
SP2 build 2251.
If it is not, please use
Help - Program Updates, or install verion 7
SP2 or 8, available from our downloads
Windows Upgrades (to Vista or Windows 7)
Schemes and Sets
When installing on Vista, you should
use one of the sharing options. If you wish to use "everything
in a single folder," you must to choose a destination folder
not in Program Files.
Vista limits applications' abilities to write to Program
(The Thumbs 7 SP2 installer will recognize
a Vista or Windows 7 system and enforce these options).
Windows to Vista or 7
If you installed ThumbsPlus with the
default options on Windows XP, then after the upgrade ThumbsPlus
will not be
able to write certain files, including preferences and
sometimes the database. You need to backup your database,
reinstall using one of the Vista/7 compatible Sharing Options,
or direct the installation to an unprotected folder. (See
If you install using any of the "sharing"
options, be sure to change the paths listed in Options
- Preferences - Schemes and Sets to folders not
within the Program Files tree. If you are upgrading and
already have schemes or sets defined, you'll need to move
them to the new locations.
We recommend using:
to share schemes among all users, or
to keep separate schemes for each users.
The Web Templates folder can be left as-is,
as the templates are not written by ThumbsPlus.
Some users have had performance problems,
especially with background tasks such as making thumbnails.
Normally, background tasks run at below-normal priority.
However, some other programs may not be quite Vista-ready,
and may hog the CPU, giving very little processing power
to the background tasks. Try setting the option to Run
background tasks at normal priority
- Preferences - Advanced.
See our performance
for additional ThumbsPlus hints.