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Windows 7: Folders and Files Not Showing Up Until Refreshed

17 Oct 2009   #1

Folders and Files Not Showing Up Until Refreshed

I am experiencing some whacky behavior on my Windows 7 profile. It has been acting up lately doing strange things and I know if I "just create another profile" things will be ok, but I am a hardcore computer user and I am pretty picky about my layout, quicklaunch icons, program profiles/settings, etc so switching to a new profile would take me hours or painful configuration.

Here is what is currently happening...
When I create a new folder anywhere on the hard drive, it doesn't show up until I hit F5 to refresh the folder. If I rename a folder/file it doesn't show up until I hit F5. Basically any creation, modification, or deletion of file/folders on the drive are not showing up until I refresh the folder.

Anybody have any thoughts as to why this may be occurring? Any suggestions for a fix?


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17 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hi Bigboy,

If you create another administrator account, you could copy the contents of your user folders into the corresponding new account's user folders to keep your settings and shortcuts.

Another option is doing a repair install. It will allow you to keep everything as well.

Hope this helps,
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17 Oct 2009   #3


Yeh... Only problem is even when copying over the user's AppData folder you still don't get all program settings copied over... You get your data over which is good, but personalized settings and things such as CuteFTP, SecureCRT, Firefox, mIRC, Etc... don't copy over well.

I couldn't deal with the hassle of trying to troubleshoot the profile issue so I went through the process of creating a new profile and bringing everything over / reconfiguring settings.

I just hope it doesn't happen again...

Then again... I guess it's the price you pay using the Beta... ehhhhmmm I mean Final Release

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17 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. If it does happen again, you might do a repair install instead. You will not lose anything doing it either.
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18 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Also, fyi, there are ways of backing up and restoring your FF profile so that all data, configuration, settings, extensions, bookmarks, etc. will be restored as if you never changed a thing. It's well worth learning how to do it. It can be done manually or there are some applications (e.g., an extension like FEBE) that automate the process.
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22 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise, 32-Bit
I am having the same issue

Having the same issue, and have attached my problem steps recorder video.
Not sure what to do and how to get it to refresh automatically, any help?

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25 Apr 2010   #7

windows 7 64bit premium

I have the same problemi have gateway laptop with ati5650 1gb vcard..

Basically any new files created,extracted or downloaded to desktop or other folders they do not show up until you refresh the is annoying,,if anyone knows what the cause is,(windows,or vcard.),please help..
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