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Command to refresh desktop

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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I have a logon script that copies folders to users desktops.

I note however that if the folders  are created through a batch file (or command prompt) they will not display unless the user refreshes the desktop.

I would like to automatically refresh the desktop through my logon script.

Do any experts, know of a command that will perform a desktop refresh


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Paul SDesktop Support Manager / Network Administrator



Thanks crawfordits, however this does not do the job for me.

The desktop that I am changing is "all users" rather than the users. It appears that the utility only refreshes the user desktop.
How about appending this in the end of your Batch Script

taskkill /F /im explorer.exe

Works for me

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How about this

rem - By Windows Setup - c:\windows\command\mscdex.exe /D:aspicd0 /M:12 /L:I
if exist c:\windows\smartdrv.exe c:\windows\smartdrv.exe 2048 16
DELTREE /y c:\windows\history\*.* > NUL
DELTREE /y c:\windows\tempor~1\*.* > NUL
DELTREE /y c:\windows\temp\*.* > NUL
DELTREE /y c:\windows\cookies\*.* > NUL
DELTREE /y c:\windows\applic~1\micros~1\office\recent\*.* > NUL
DELTREE /y c:\windows\ShellIconCache
if exist del c:\windows\ff*.tmp
if exist del c:\windows\system\advert.dll

Through this bach file it removes the index.dat files also. Save file as .bat extension
Hello there!

Please add this to your logon script and let me know if that works.
It basically causes explorer to reload instantly without disrupting the user.


wmic.exe process where name="explorer.exe" call TERMINATE


Thanks everyone,

The solution that best meets my needs is from JRockSolid and KellyCraig, because of its simplicity.

I particularly like KellyCraigs, because it terminates explorer and reloads it with the single command, however both solutions solve my problem.



I'm glad to be of service!

I liked KC's better myself and have added it to my arsenal. :)
Yea, I discovered WMI, and have been addicted ever since, its the single greatest tool a geek can have IMHO, for both good and evil deeds XD

JRockSolid: I like yours and I want to use it beacuase its faster and it does not load everything the same way.
However the command window ill not close eventhough i have EXIT.

any idea? shall i create a new request?

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