W7 Windows Explorer - "live" directory listings

Posted on 2011-05-11
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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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They are live. Are we talking Local or Remote directories?

Can you check another user account on the machine?

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

ID: 35743689
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 the stuck explorer listing stays out of date, no matter how many variations of column sorting (date, type, etc.)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.


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ID: 35743691
thanks all

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