Windows explorer not updating

06-Feb-2017 14:56

The Windows Desktop or Windows File Explorer window or folder will automatically refresh itself when you make a change to its contents.

This could be creating a new shortcut, creating or saving a new file or folder in it, and so on.

I bought a new Dell PC (i5 processor) in September 2015 that included Windows 10 and all was well until a few days ago when folders and sometimes the desktop itself stopped refreshing the content.

I can still refresh them manually but that's rather tedious.

Then I started to copy and move files and create shortcuts and delete old files or directories and other basic housekeeping chores on the new PC. For me, I mostly only notice it now after extracting files via the right-click menu using 7-zip, if I use Winrar from the right-click menu, it works as expected.

DESCRIPTION OF PROBLEM Please see the thread below: I am having this problem in spades. The use of the F5 key looks like the best solution your going to see for this at the moment. For those who may be reading this thread in the future, the "fix" for me was restoring the computer back to its factory default state.

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I did a little more research and those users who had problems with 1 &2, found Option 3 worked for them.It only appears to be happening with us, when it is left in hiberation/standby mode for more than one day.Here in the IDTP office we have found some simple work arounds: Option 1 Microsoft doesn’t appear to have fixed this file and folder refresh issue which can also be found in Windows XP and Windows Vista.But at times, you may find that the desktop or the window may not auto-refresh and to see the changes; you have to manually Refresh it, either by pressing F5 or via the context menu.If you find that you need to frequently refresh the desktop, you can follow these steps to try and fix the problem.

I did a little more research and those users who had problems with 1 &2, found Option 3 worked for them.

It only appears to be happening with us, when it is left in hiberation/standby mode for more than one day.

Here in the IDTP office we have found some simple work arounds: Option 1 Microsoft doesn’t appear to have fixed this file and folder refresh issue which can also be found in Windows XP and Windows Vista.

But at times, you may find that the desktop or the window may not auto-refresh and to see the changes; you have to manually Refresh it, either by pressing F5 or via the context menu.

If you find that you need to frequently refresh the desktop, you can follow these steps to try and fix the problem.

I'd really appreciate some advice here if possible. Thanks for the quick reply but I'm not sure how to open an elevated command prompt.