No automatic refresh in Windows Explorer folders
Thread poster: Heike Behl, Ph.D.

Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Oct 18, 2006

A couple of weeks ago, I got a new laptop.
Vaio FE-770G with Windows Media Center Edition.

Whenever I "do" something to the files in the Windows Explorer folders, the changes are not displayed. E.g. if I copy/paste a file, it's invisible until I press F5. If I rename a file, the name apparently reverts back to its old name, until I press F5 and the changed name is displayed. If I delete a file, it still seems to be there... Maybe it's haunted or bewitched - it's getting closer to Halloween after all. icon_smile.gif

Does anybody have any suggestions what I might try - short of reinstalling everything as was suggested as solution on the Internet?



Brandis (X)
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AFAIK there was never automatic refresh Oct 19, 2006

Hi ! facility for explorer folders. Just press F5. That does it. Best Brandis


Alan Campbell  Identity Verified
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Also interested Nov 3, 2006

I am also interested to find an answer to this. My PC at work has this behaviour, but only on some of the network folders. It's a real pain.

Anyone know how to fix this? I'm using Windows XP Professional SP2.


Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Re-installation doesn't help Nov 3, 2006

I had to re-install my whole system, and it didn't cure the problem.
It seems to be less frequently, though (maybe just wishful thinking?).

But apart from being a nuisance, it can also impact your work: Today, I created a new folder for my translated files. The new folder was displayed. I added the files, zipped the folder and attached it to the e-mail to the client. Good thing I checked: The zipped folder was empty! The files had instead gone into an invisible new folder (don't ask me how). So when I clicked on the icon to create a new folder, it must have created two, one visible, the other invisible...

What you said about the network folders might be an important observation: Since I have two laptops, I keep my work files and other important files that I might want to access from the other laptop in the shared documents folder. I just did a quick non-conclusive test:

- Normal folder on hard drive: apparently no problems
- Shared Documents folder accessed via hard drive: apparently no problems
- Shared Documents folder accessed via My Network Place: problems

It might be an inherent flaw in the way the system handles files on the network.


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