Strange issue with files not showing up in folders after saving until later


_Tachyon_

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I started having a weird issue. Example: Saving pictures from a web browser, or saving files in Paint Shop Pro, etc...

I'll save a picture, but when I go to the folder where I saved it, I don't see it. Properties shows no increase in file count either. But if I go back to the program that saved it, and look at the list of files in the Save As dialog box, I can see the file is there. I can also see that the file is there from accessing the same folder from a Ubuntu server using SMB to connect to the same windows folder.

After a certain amount of time (it seems), the file appears.

I can figure this out.
 

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System One

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    Windows 11 23H2
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    PC/Desktop
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    HP
If the default location of your pictures folder is Onedrive, your data may be slow to sync because of poor internet upload speed. Depending on the size of the picture you are saving there can be a lot of latency if your upload speed is not fast enough.
You can tell the default location of your folder by right clicking on your pictures folder. Select properties. Location tab.
You can test your internet speed by going to Speedtest by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
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    Logitech wired
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
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    Firefox
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
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    24 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell factory
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    still not telling
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If the default location of your pictures folder is Onedrive, your data may be slow to sync because of poor internet upload speed. Depending on the size of the picture you are saving there can be a lot of latency if your upload speed is not fast enough.
You can tell the default location of your folder by right clicking on your pictures folder. Select properties. Location tab.
You can test your internet speed by going to Speedtest by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test
I don't use one drive. This is happening in different folders on more than one drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
Did you even check as I suggested? What is the default location of your pictures folder?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Did you even check as I suggested? What is the default location of your pictures folder?
I'm not saving them to the windows "picture" folder. This has happened saving to my data E:/ drive in a specific folder (browsed to when saving as..) and also in a totally different folder on an external USB drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
OK. Sorry, then. I've not encountered that. Just to be sure all your system files are valid, your might want to open a command prompt as admin and type sfc /scannow

Something else to test with would be a clean boot. If it doesn't happen in a clean boot, you have some software conflicting with Windows. Brink's procedure will help you weed out which one. Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 11 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts Tutorial
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Frequently new files added to a folder will go to the bottom of the list, pressing F5 to refresh can help, in Details clicking a column heading will reorganize as ascending, click again for descending and both refresh the list. It's really not a new thing with Win11, goes back a ways.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Frequently new files added to a folder will go to the bottom of the list, pressing F5 to refresh can help, in Details clicking a column heading will reorganize as ascending, click again for descending and both refresh the list. It's really not a new thing with Win11, goes back a ways.
I've refreshed. Even searching for the file in the folder doesn't find it, but its there.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
Assuming that dir in a cmd prompt lists the file (please verify), the problem would appear to be specific to Explorer. See if the file appears when you use the old, Windows 10 Explorer. You can do that by opening Control Panel and clicking the up arrow icon twice.

You can also switch the default Explorer with this:

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
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