Some think the Windows 7 file and folder refresh problem might be linked to either a malicious file or some third-party application. Firstly, this isn’t anything to do with a malicious file. I actually suspect this is more to do with a Windows 7 coding issue rather than any third-party application.
The file and folder refresh problem occurs on the Windows 7 Desktop and Explorer and is a mighty frustrating problem. You might notice icons or files/folders not automatically refreshing which has forced some people to hit F5 (refresh). The file and folder refresh problem doesn’t happen when Windows is rebooted every day. It only appears to be happening with us, when it is left in hiberation/standby mode for more than one day.
Here in the IDTP office we have found some simple work arounds:
- Close all Explorer windows you have open
- Start the Task Manager (Click CTRL+ALT+DEL) or;
- Click Start, TYPE ‘Task Manager’ in the search box
- Click File > New Task (Run)
- Type Explorer and then press ENTER
- Close Task Manager
- Click Start, and TYPE ‘regedit’ in the search box
- Click on Edit then Find
- Search for “Dontrefresh”
- Right click on “Dontrefresh” and click ‘Modify’
- Change the Hexadecimal value from ‘1’ to ‘0’
- Launch TASK MANAGER – CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
- In PROCESSES TAB right click and end EXPLORER.EXE process
- From FILE menu of TASK MANAGER select New Task (Run…)
- Type CMD.EXE and click OK
- In the COMMAND PROMPT WINDOW copy and insert the following commands:
CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
- Open TASK MANAGER and select New Task (Run…)
- Type EXPLORER.EXE and click ok
Microsoft doesn’t appear to have fixed this file and folder refresh issue which can also be found in Windows XP and Windows Vista. Maybe Windows 8 might come with the refresh issue fixed. For now, this problem is just that, an irritating problem, rather than anything malicious.
Safe surfing folks!