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How Can I Get My Photoshop Files to Display as Thumbnails

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I received over 200 pictures that are in a PSD format and I need to be able to view these files through a Windows Explorer window- not through Bridge. I have CS3 and I don't like Bridge. It's really slow (my computer is made for heavy graphic work) a

I received over 200 pictures that are in a PSD format and I need to be able to view these files through a Windows Explorer window- not through Bridge. I have CS3 and I don't like Bridge. It's really slow (my computer is made for heavy graphic work) and not very user friendly. I should also mention that I have Windows 7.
Does anyone know a safe way I can get Photoshop thumbnails to show in Windows Explorer? I've searched for hours over the last couple days and the one way that keeps popping up is to use the "psicon.dll" registry, but I'm afraid to use that for fear of harming my computer. I keep seeing that it was included in Photoshop 7 (I had Photoshop 7 and I was able to view thumbnails) but Adobe removed it because it caused problems, such as computer crashes, freezes, data loss, etc. Does anyone have any information - good, bad or indifferent - about that registry? Should I stay away from it?
I've also seen information about and am considering a third party codec: Ardfry, that will allow me to view PSD's as thumbs. Is this safe to use? Does anyone have any personal experience with this? Does anyone have any other solutions that have worked for them?
I really need to be able to view these PSD files without having to open them in Photoshop and I really don't have the time to go open them in Photoshop and one by one, save each image in a way that will get me a thumbnail. At the same time, I'm really particular about what I load onto my computer and if I see bad reviews about something I'm looking at, it makes me nervous, such as the "psicon.dll". I'm also a little unsure about that Ardfry, simply because I never heard of it before. 
Any help would be very much appreciated!!

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Does anyone know a safe way I can get Photoshop thumbnails to show in Windows Explorer? I've searched for hours over the last couple days and the one way that keeps popping up is to use the "psicon.dll" registry, but I'm afraid to use that for fear of harming my computer. I keep seeing that it was included in Photoshop 7 (I had Photoshop 7 and I was able to view thumbnails) but Adobe removed it because it caused problems, such as computer
crashes, freezes, data loss, etc. Does anyone have any information - good, bad or indifferent - about that registry? Should I stay away from it?
I see the answers so far mostly offer other viewing applications so introducing yet another application to be involved in your psd work.
Here is a solution that is somewhat similar to those but different in this way.  Its a tool that replaces explorer as you file manager.  At least in nearly every way.
So you would install this tool called Opus Directory Explorer:
http://www.gpsoft.com.au/
It is a bit expensive but does offer a nice long trial (60 days free).  I'm not in any way associated with them, but I do use there application.
I have it running on 3 win7 64 bit machines and one win 7 32 bit (notebook) machine.
I have not seen any problems that I could attribute to Opus.   I do heavy work with PS and other adobe tools myself so may be a good indicator that you would not have any problems with it.
Further... in my view, win7 has cripled a once very capable tool (windows explorer) and made it far less usefull than it once was, I'm not sure what notion guides them to cripple explorer and the old Windows Search so badly, so I'm glad to be rid of explorer for the most part.  (The two file browsers can be run at the same time if so desired... again, no problems)
In practicle use, you would start Opus instead of the Windows Explorer,
I use Opus all day on a daily basis and am very happy with it
Oh, and I forgot, Opus provides tabs like a web browser, so you can have a tab of one directory handy while working in another.
You can have as many concurrent tabs as you please far as I've seen.
I'm including a screen grab of Opus viewing a directory with several sub directories present and several *.psd files I'm working on.
You  will note that Opus also shows a very handy view of the subdirectories by showing Icons of the image INSIDE them instead of just a directory  icon.

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