File Explorer requires refreshing to view changes

Cadmus

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I am having this weird issue on W11 where if I make a change in file explorer, I have to refresh in order to see the changes. For example, deleting or creating a new folder, the change won't appear until I right click and hit refresh. It doesn't always happen though but it's really annoying. It doesn't happen on my other W11 machine. This is a clean install, and no other registry changes.

I am using ExplorerPatcher on both machines, with just the context menu changed, but I've even tried removing it and still happens on this PC. Just to reiteriate, without ExplorerPatcher and no other changes, the issue occurs. I am not sure when it started happening (before or after ExplorerPatcher).

Hopefully somebody has some insight into this issue.
 
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I am experiencing the same behavior, but I have no clue as to why it no longer refreshes. It occurs if I save a new file, download a file, or drag and drop a file to another folder.
 

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I am having this weird issue on W11 where if I make a change in file explorer, I have to refresh in order to see the changes. For example, deleting or creating a new folder, the change won't appear until I right click and hit refresh. It doesn't always happen though but it's really annoying. It doesn't happen on my other W11 machine. This is a clean install, and no other registry changes.

I am using ExplorerPatcher on both machines, with just the context menu changed, but I've even tried removing it and still happens on this PC. Just to reiteriate, without ExplorerPatcher and no other changes, the issue occurs. I am not sure when it started happening (before or after ExplorerPatcher).

Hopefully somebody has some insight into this issue.
What ver of win 11 are you on? Im running the latest dev build completely stock, All new folders, deleting, creating etc work perfectly for me, Unusual you are both having the same issue, What builds are you both on?
 

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This has been a problem for as long as I can remember, going right back to Windows 7. Just google "windows explorer does not refresh" and you'll see what I mean.

My W11 system is OK after a clean install, but occasionally I have to hit F5 to refresh. Was worse earlier. Do not know what MS have to do to fix it.

If you do nothing and just wait it does eventually refresh after 10-15 seconds.
 

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I use ExplorerPatcher and do not have this problem. I think it has been a problem on and off for years
 

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Cadmus

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What ver of win 11 are you on? Im running the latest dev build completely stock, All new folders, deleting, creating etc work perfectly for me, Unusual you are both having the same issue, What builds are you both on?
sorry, I was away for a few days. Thanks for the reply. This is a fresh install. I even wiped again and it still appeared - it seems to be an issue with pinned folders in the quick access - and it seems I have 2 that I can't remove (even after disconnecting the shared drives. But I can't say for sure if they are related for me until I remove all "Pinned" items under quick access. 2 items are stuck, can't right-click on these 2 items. cleared defaults in explorer options also.

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Cadmus

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This has been a problem for as long as I can remember, going right back to Windows 7. Just google "windows explorer does not refresh" and you'll see what I mean.

My W11 system is OK after a clean install, but occasionally I have to hit F5 to refresh. Was worse earlier. Do not know what MS have to do to fix it.

If you do nothing and just wait it does eventually refresh after 10-15 seconds.
well, I did search for the issue - and it doesn't seem common (at least not before W11). Of course there are cases on different forums etc. but I think we can say this is a rare bug.

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you were right. I guess I didn't search hard enough. When I searched again, this appeared: Folders not refreshing automatically in Windows 10

and so far its fine (its only been 20 mins) but let's see. I'll slowly add pinned items. thanks for making me look harder! I knew you guys would come through!

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2 days all good
 
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