In Windows XP, there used to be a folder setting like "Do not cache thumbnails." I can't seem to find something similar for Windows Vista and Windows 7, and every folder on my network containing a photo or video continues to get littered with "Thumbs.db". I appreciate that caching thumbnails makes some sense, but I still would like to turn this off because I also value not having litter in my network folders.
What's the easiest/quickest way to solve this problem?
Update 1: Here's a link to Wikipedia's info about the Windows thumbnail cache.
Update 2: My solution is below and now includes a registry equivalent that you can save in a .REG file for simpler application to any of your Windows Vista or Windows 7 boxes.