Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Desktop does not refresh automatically?

12 May 2010   #1

Vista and Windows 7
Desktop does not refresh automatically?

I found a problem about the desktop refresh, the files that was created to desktop by other applications did not appear! Click-right desktop and click Refresh button, the new files will appear, why? thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

According to some Windows Tech responses, this problem can be caused by third party programs. It sounds like a push off to me, but it's worth a look. Try clean booting to find the problem.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Here's some more info:

I, too, suffered from this issue for many days. I tried the DontRefresh registry fix, but it had some nasty side effects. One was that IE would constantly refresh and flicker when viewing web pages. Obviously, I reset the registry key to its default value.

I didn't have any significant 3rd party windows explorer extensions.

I reset all of the Windows Explorer -> Folder Options to default settings.

I reset my Theme to the Windows 7 Default theme.

Still had the problem intermittently.

Wait for it........ I rolled back my video driver (which was an ATI driver obtained through Windows Updates). VOILA! The problem has disappeared.

So, I went to the ATI website and obtained their latest Catalyst driver release which they maintain is Win 7 compatible (how long did it take them?). Installed it and all has been well for a few weeks now.

It seems that the rollback of the video driver resolved the issue. The installation of the ATI version did not cause the issue to reappear. So I'm going to forego installing the Windows Update recommended ATI driver until...well probably for good.

I had similar issues with recommended ATI display drivers in Vista. Getting the drivers straight from ATI seemed to usually resolve my issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #3

Vista and Windows 7

Thank you, i will try to update my display card driver.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #4

Vista and Windows 7

Oh, yes, after updated my display card driver, my problem solved, thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Desktop does not refresh automatically?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Desktop does not refresh automatically?
Thread Forum
Desktop icon placement does not survive a desktop refresh or a reboot General Discussion
Browser windows open up automatically, pages constantly refresh virus? Browsers & Mail
Desktop refresh General Discussion
desktop refresh icon help Performance & Maintenance
Need to refresh desktop General Discussion
Windows 7 Desktop Refresh General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:06 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App