W7 Windows Explorer - "live" directory listings

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I always thought windows explorer had "live" directory listings.
Recently, i've been noticing that newly generated files and subdirectories do not show in a directory listing window until i REFRESH.

How can i get Windows Explorer to be live?
Question by:willsherwood
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    Expert Comment

    They are live. Are we talking Local or Remote directories?

    Can you check another user account on the machine?

    Author Comment

    Local files.
    It's always been instantaneous (well within milliseconds) since early versions of NT!

    I've had various apps (including excel) to write a new file (SAVE AS) and in one case the decompressor utility (Stuffit) created a large directory and content files, and even tho it was visible from the app's view of the file system, Windows Explorer showed only upon  [F5]
    Next time i'll test with opening a WE window in parallel without touching the first and see if they agree.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Jackie Man
    Have you tried to update the display card driver?
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    Accepted Solution

    If still no go, it is a known issue called windows 7 explorer folder refresh bug which will appear and disappear from time to time.

    Which folder your excel is copying the files to?

    Author Comment

    new observations:
    1. A new explorer window shows the correct new file present
    2. the stuck explorer listing stays out of date, no matter how many variations of column sorting (date, type, etc.) i do. (thus i don't understand how it could be a driver/buffer)
    3. it always is correct once i [F5]

    the link above describes it precisely, so i guess it remains unresolved.


    Author Closing Comment

    thanks all

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