How to show mkv thumbnails using Icaros Easy Way

Show mkv thumbnails on Windows

One of the main issues that Windows has is not showing .mkv thumbnails.  This will work for: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
In this post, I’ll show you THE BEST WAY to make your .mkv thumbnails work on showing images correctly without installing unnecessary codecs that don’t work.

We are going to use the best tool out there designed just for this task and it’s free.  Created and developed by Xanashi
We’ll be using…

Icaros Shell Extensions


So what is Icaros?

Icaros is a collection of lightweight, high quality, Windows Shell Extensions, which is capable of providing Windows Explorer thumbnails for essentially any video media filetype. Icaros can provide Windows Explorer thumbnails, for essentially any video media format supported by FFmpeg which includes popular filetypes such as: Mkv, Flv, Avi, Mp4, Mov, Rmvb, M2ts, Ogm etc. It is capable of thumbnailing just about any file by adding its extension(s) to the optional filetypes box and re-activating Icaros. 
CLICK HERE to get in on the current Icaros development discussion.

Visit developer’s site

Step-By-Step, Tutorial

The first thing you are going to need is the program.
In this tutorial, I’m using v. 3.0.2 If you want to use that version I’ll add it to my server.


Click: Next

Click: I accept the agreement and click Next.

Choose your version.

Check: Create a desktop icon and click Next

Click: Install

Click: Finish

Click: Got It!

Click: On video icon

Make sure all are checked and click on Activate

Click: On image icon

Click Activate or you can click on DEFAULT and choose MOST KNOWN.
This will add more file types to the list.

Thumbnail will look something like this until you activate it.

Thumbnail looks like this after activation.

That’s It

Your thumbnails should now be showing.
Easy as eating pie.   Hope this helped you out.   It’s so simple.   For all the time these guys put into this program to make it so simple you should go donate to them.

Heres their PayPal link.
Donate: Project Icaros

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