Juri Strumpflohner
Juri Strumpflohner Juri is a full stack developer and tech lead with a special passion for the web and frontend development. He creates online videos for Egghead.io, writes articles on his blog and for tech magazines, speaks at conferences and holds training workshops.

Win7: Windows Explorer Doesn't Refresh Elements

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This was a really weird problem. Overnight Windows Explorer on my Windows 7 Enterprise installation stopped refreshing items. For instance, I created a new file and/or renamed an existing one and nothing happened until I manually pressed F5 to refresh. I guess I don't have to mention how annoying this was...

Initially I thought that one of the tools I installed like VirtuaWin, WizMouse or Fences are responsible for that, but apparently they wasn't. Searching for any settings was fruitless so I ended up searching the Windows registry for entries containing "refresh". And look there, I found the following key under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance


Nice, huh? Don't ask me how that setting came in there. Changing it to "0" (false) fixed the issue and everything worked again just fine. I wonder whether this problem occurs again, 'cause then I have to hunt the prog which causes this setting to be placed.
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