Windows 10: Windows Explorer refuses to refresh Explorer

  1. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
       05 Dec 2017 #1

    Windows Explorer refuses to refresh Explorer


    Ever since upgrading to 1709, I've noticed that Windows Explorer is refusing to automatically refresh files and folders when a change is made. For example, if I download a file and then delete that file, Explorer prompts if I want to delete the file. I press yes and yet the Explorer window still shows the file. Not until I press the "refresh" button in Explorer does it refresh the window.

    I've been banging my head against this issue and can't seem to find a fix. I have checked the registry for the dontrefresh key and I have set it to zero. The key did not exist before. I've also tried to rebuild icon cache and other cache.

    Any thoughts?
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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       05 Dec 2017 #2

    I would try to disable all non MS shell extensions using:
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html
    If the problem is fixed then start re-enable one by one until the problem re-appears.
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  3. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
    Thread Starter
       06 Dec 2017 #3

    I disabled what I believe was non-essential, but the problem remained. Any other thoughts here?
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  4. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
    Thread Starter
       06 Dec 2017 #4

    To add to the weirdness, I've noticed that downloaded file and saved files like pictures, take an excessive amount of time to save to the SSD. If I save a photo from Chrome, it will take 5 - 10 seconds and Chrome is unresponsive until the file is saved.
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  5. topgundcp's Avatar
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       06 Dec 2017 #5

    Open admin command prompt. Copy and paste then run to ensure that you don't have any corrupted system files:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth&sfc /scannow&pause
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  6. Posts : 931
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       06 Dec 2017 #6

    Masterchef,

    I have had this problem and so have lots of other people. None of the suggested solutions I found on the internet had anything other than a temporary effect. The problem eventually went away of its own accord but still rears its ugly head from time to time. I only kept a few links on the subject -
    Desktop or Explorer does not refresh automatically in Windows
    Windows Explorer doesn't refresh by itself - Microsoft Community
    windows file list does not auto refresh-update - Microsoft Answers [Windows 7]
    Windows Explorer doesn't refresh when moving-deleting - TechNet [Windows 7]

    When the problem reappears, I restart the computer. If that does not resolve matters then I accept the situation and don't waste my time chasing non-solutions. You might wish to consider adopting the same approach.

    All the best,
    Denis
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  7. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
    Thread Starter
       08 Dec 2017 #7

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Open admin command prompt. Copy and paste then run to ensure that you don't have any corrupted system files:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth&sfc /scannow&pause
    This returned a successful return with nothing to fix.

    I will be reinstalling Windows, most likely, over Christmas break. Hopefully that fixes some issues.
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