Grayed Out Google Images Fix

Jan 27, 2011 • 8:02 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Image Search Blank BugEver since Google launched their new image search interface last year, there have been complaints of blank images being displayed in the search results.

The complaints have not stopped. I spotted an interesting thread about the topic at Google Web Search Help where some users of Internet Explorer 8 had the same issue. The only solution for them seemed to disable the "Data URI support." Supposedly, by disabling this, Google Images will begin to appear in full color, but it might leave you open to a security issue.

So how do you see the images?

(1) Delete the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_DATAURI]

(2) In group policy- setting change is: "Turn off Data URI support" should be "Not Configured"

Once this is done you should be able to view the images.

But as someone pointed out in the thread that the fix to see Google image results would potentially "open up our systems to potential security vulnerabilities."

Google's Nathan B. replied saying, "Thank you for sharing your concerns about Data URI Support. We have passed them along to the team."

I guess time will tell what Google does on their end to secure people's systems to the fullest and still allow them to use Google Image search properly.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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01/27/2011 04:28 pm

Obviously this is an IE only fix. I'm guessing the problem doesn't occur on Chrome or FF?

Barry Schwartz

01/27/2011 04:33 pm

I am not sure.

William Gomes

01/27/2011 11:23 pm

So I am guessing your average, IE user will know how to edit registry keys? If your a sole IE user I highly doubt you've ever heard of the registry.

Orange County Appraiser

01/28/2011 08:46 am

Honestly, editing registry keys for this fix? Come on, simple IE update or patch maybe.. Or download a good browser like mozilla.


01/28/2011 12:26 pm

that is the good way....Because of this the page get hevy and system hanged


06/23/2011 09:10 am

It does it on mozilla too.......

Merrie Vale

03/06/2012 02:16 am


Frank Faller

04/08/2012 12:11 am

 I don't think its Google images that is causing the blank images. It depends on the url generated by your ISP... Try this url with Firefox for cat images:

Frank Faller

04/08/2012 12:24 am

Need to open link in new tab from the link below.

Frank Faller

06/10/2012 12:09 am

Fixed problem. Access you router's security log and see if there is a log about fragmentation flood. Something is flooding the ip and most routers if they detect the floods will end up blocking the transmissions. So pics are blocked. Restart the router should fix the problem until the "flood" satrts again

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