How to Download and Fix thumbcache_16.db?

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing thumbcache_16.db files. Situations like that can occur, for example, during a software installation process. Each software program requires certain resources, libraries, and source data to work properly. Corrupted or nonexistent thumbcache_16.db file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

thumbcache_16.db file Mobile Device Database. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Windows software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of thumbcache_16.db related errors on your device. You can also download thumbcache_16.db file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8

File info

General information
Filename thumbcache_16.db
File extension DB
Type Database
Description Mobile Device Database
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 1048576
Oldest file 2017-04-24
Latest file 2017-04-24

There are various types of errors related to thumbcache_16.db file. thumbcache_16.db file may be located in wrong file directory on your device, may not be present in the system, or may be infected with malicious software and therefore not work correctly. Below is a list of most common error messages related to thumbcache_16.db file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • thumbcache_16.db is corrupted
  • thumbcache_16.db cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - thumbcache_16.db
  • thumbcache_16.db file error
  • thumbcache_16.db file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register thumbcache_16.db file:
  • thumbcache_16.db file could not be loaded
  • thumbcache_16.db file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because thumbcache_16.db file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to thumbcache_16.db can be addressed in various ways. Some methods are meant only for advanced users. If you don't have confidence in your skills, we suggest consulting a specialist. Fixing thumbcache_16.db file errors should be approached with utmost caution for any mistakes can result in unstable or unproperly working system. If you have the necassary skills, please proceed.

thumbcache_16.db file errors can be caused by various factors, so its is beneficial to try to fix them using various methods.

Step 1: Scan your computer for any malicious software

Virus Scan

Windows files are commonly attacked by malicious software that prevents them from working properly. First step in addressing problems with thumbcache_16.db file or any other Windows system files should be scanning the system for malicious software using an antivirus tool.

If by any chance you don't have any antivirus software installed on your system yet, you should do it immediately. Unprotected system is not only a source of file errors, but, more importantly, makes your system vulnerable to many dangers. If you don't know which antivirus tool to choose, consult this Wikipedia article – comparison of antivirus software.

Step 2: Update your system and drivers.

Windows Update

Installing relevant Microsoft Windows patches and updates may solve your problems related to thumbcache_16.db file. Use dedicated Windows tool to perform the update.

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "Windows Update" in the search field
  3. Choose the appropriate software program (name may vary depending on your system version)
  4. Check if your system is up to date. If any unapplied updates are listed, install them immediately.
  5. After the update has been done,restart your computer in order to complete the process.

Beside updating the system, it is recommended that you install latest device drivers, as drivers can influence proper working of thumbcache_16.db or other system files. In order to do so, go to your computer or device producer's website where you will find information regarding latest driver updates.

Step 3: Use System File Checker (SFC) tool

System File Checker

System File Checker is a Microsoft Windows tool. As the name suggests, the tool is used for identyfing and addressing system file related errors, including those related to thumbcache_16.db file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the thumbcache_16.db file with properly working version. To use the tool:

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "cmd" in the search field
  3. Locate "Command Prompt" result – don't run it yet:
  4. Click the right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" option
  5. Type "sfc /scannow" in console prompt to start the program and follow the instructions

Step 4: Restoring Windows system

Windows Recovery

Another approach is to restore system to previous state, before the thumbcache_16.db file error occured. In order to restore your system, follow the instructions below

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "System Restore" in the search field
  3. Start the system restore tool – it's name may differ depending on version of the system
  4. The application will guide you through the process – read the messages carefully
  5. After the process has finished, restart your computer.

If all the above-mentioned methods failed and the thumbcache_16.db file problem has not been resolved, proceed to the next step. Remember that the following steps are intended only for advanced users.

Download and replace thumbcache_16.db file

The last solution is to manually download and replace thumbcache_16.db file in appropriate folder on the disk. Select file version compatible with your operating system and click the "Download" button. Next, go to your web browser's "Downloaded" folder and copy the downloaded thumbcache_16.db file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of thumbcache_16.db file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Users\defaultuser0\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
  • Windows 10: C:\Users\defaultuser0\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\

If the steps did not solve your thumbcache_16.db file problem, you should consult a professional. A probability exists that the error(s) might be device-related and therefore should be resolved at the hardware level. A fresh operating system installation might be necessary – a faulty system installation process can result in data loss.

File versions list

Filename thumbcache_16.db
System Windows 10
File size 24 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 419a089e66b9e18ada06c459b000cb4d
SHA1 ed2108a58ba73ac18c3d2bf0d8c1890c2632b05a
SHA256 c48e42e9ab4e25b92c43a7b0416d463b9ff7c69541e4623a39513bc98085f424
CRC32 5359e4bc
Example file location C:\Users\defaultuser0\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
Filename thumbcache_16.db
System Windows 10
File size 1048576 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 d8be7f33cf3a38032028efafb2409543
SHA1 28b23bc9d07923cf0b9e42180f2ed01782dcfa6e
SHA256 9c3c201d20fc2c940921819ef4a5083f8707fd376a37e60ceaadf904b8370df8
CRC32 6737444b
Example file location C:\Users\defaultuser0\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
Filename thumbcache_16.db
System Windows 8.1
File size 24 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 df98e5896c9c3fba621b5ca2fc85246c
SHA1 4298cb17915a8209d6d2dc0944cf8bdac88cec97
SHA256 4cda14a431712614e01c4e346858002f17128eebcd21d1e2efba7a01562e77c8
CRC32 bdf98043
Example file location C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
Filename thumbcache_16.db
System Windows 8
File size 24 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 cdcc3c3004522488e0d0c8b810c57c85
SHA1 5ad935108f30fbd9ce37fc2599c50e750e365ba4
SHA256 70c0beefbf12630cbdb7e5fcafde97b23fe72a48579b992b319688346c2a1845
CRC32 6b768277
Example file location 1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\