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02-01-2007, 07:57 PM
Hi there,
I've searched all over the web for a free version of this software. It existed in its free form with versions 1.0 and 1.2
It became commercial since version 1.5...
Every download sites which proposes this software, even if it says free or version 1.0, redirect to the owner's website which has only the commercial version.
Would by any chance someone has a copy to share of the old freeware version?
Thanks for your help.

Program Name: Instant Thumbview
Website: http://www.contextmagic.com/instant-viewer/
Current version: 1.8.6
Desired versions: 1.0 or 1.2 or any freeware version
Description: display a thumbnail image in windows explorer upon mouse hover (yes, much more practical than having to do a click each time on the file)

02-02-2007, 12:03 AM
Version 1.0

02-02-2007, 10:17 AM
Hi, thanks for your search and reply. I did the installation but unfortunately, nothing happens. I don't know why. I tried several times with a clean install and registry cleanup but it won't work the way it should.
Thanks anyway.

the gaffer
02-02-2007, 10:22 AM
same here,i tried it just out of interest,it does install but just the same it does not do anything,what os are you running,most likely just not compatible with xp.

02-02-2007, 11:00 AM
Hi, I'm using XP SP2 all updates.
Yes, I must believe it does not work with XP. Version 1.0 was out before 2002 I believe.

02-02-2007, 10:37 PM
README for Instant ThumbView (Free Edition) version 1.0
December 12, 2002
(c) 2001-2002, ConextMagic.com. All rights reserved.

1. Description
2. Licensing
3. Installation
4. How to use
5. System requirements
6. Uninstallation
7. Support

Instant ThumbView is a tiny image viewer that displays an image
thumbnail in a popup window, when the mouse pointer is hovered
over image files in Windows Explorer.

Free edition supports only BMP, GIF and JPEG image file
formats but is still quite useful for quick image viewing.

More advanced non-free version is also available.
It suppors ten image file formats, allows to adjust thumbnail
dimensions, set displaying options and select file formats
you want to view. To find out more visit our web site at:

See License.txt for details.

1. Download the Instant ThumbView installation package.
2. If you have downloaded ZIP-archive, extract all files from
the package into a temporary directory using your archiver,
such as WinZip.
3. On Windows NT/2000/xp systems, logon with Administrator
4. Run InstantViewFreeSetup.exe and follow the instructions.

How to use
To invoke it open any folder with image files in Windows Explorer,
toggle the 'SCROLL lOCK' indicator On, and then hover an image
file with your mouse pointer.
Instant ThumbView displays the thumbnail of selected image file
in a popup window just next to the mouse pointer.

System requirements
Requires Windows 98/ME/2000/XP or Windows 95/NT with Internet
Explorer 4.0 (or later) and Windows Desktop Update installed.

1. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon in the
Windows Control Panel.
2. Select Instant ThumbView (Free Edition) in the list of
installed programs and click the 'Add/Remove' button.
3. Follow the instructions.

Your questions, comments, suggestions or bug reports are welcome at:

support@ContextMagic.com .

For more information and late-breaking news about our software, please
visit our Web site at:


the gaffer
02-05-2007, 04:12 PM
Hi, I'm using XP SP2 all updates.
Yes, I must believe it does not work with XP. Version 1.0 was out before 2002 I believe.

take back what i said tigerlan, it works fine in xp home,i do not use the xp system much i run one system with 98se and the main one i use runs m.e,it turned out the one i had set up with xp home had a dodgy keyboard and the scroll lock button and 3 others were non functional,scrapped the keyboard for a new one and it works fine.make sure your scroll lock key is working and its fine.

02-06-2007, 09:47 AM
Hi All,
Thanks a bunch for all your replies.
You're right dead on XPY: I forgot the scroll lock button instruction :o
Actually, I scarcely remembered it existed.
It works now with this button depressed.
Great forum and again, thank you.