Windows 10: Folders and files modification date not updating in Widows Explorer

Discus and support Folders and files modification date not updating in Widows Explorer in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; As a long-time user of Windows OS in all its iterations, what I'm going to ask y'all has me totally stumped. I've looked on-line for solutions but have... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by bubbalicious, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Folders and files modification date not updating in Widows Explorer


    As a long-time user of Windows OS in all its iterations, what I'm going to ask y'all has me totally stumped. I've looked on-line for solutions but have not found anything definitive. I apologize if anything like what I'm going to describe has been asked/answered; I only looked through about the first five pages in this section.

    My system: Win10 Home, 64-bit, v1809; 1 TB C: drive.

    The issue for Win10 involves the following: I work off of a 2TB WD portable USB drive for all of my genealogy files (census images, etc., that I find and need to source in my genealogy program). I back up any changed files to a 2TB Seagate USB portable drive every night. Just recently, like in the last week or so, Windows Explorer is not updating the "date modified" for any file or folder nor is my main Windows Explorer dual-pane replacement program - xplorer2. I am the Owner of this pc, as I'm the only one using it, and as you would expect, I am the Administrator.

    I've checked folder properties on the WD drive, and for some inexplicable reason the "read only" radio button is marked. I did not make these changes!! I uncheck that radio button, look at the Security tab and all is in order, do "apply" and then "ok" and the property box closes. Immediately after, I go look at the properties for the same folder again, and it went right back to being read-only!!! What the..........?????????????

    This file modification date/time issue is a real problem because in xplorer2, I can synchronize files in the dual-pane mode and copy any new/changed ones from my WD to my Seagate. If there's no updated file date, there's no way the program knows what to synchronize. Grrrrrrrrrr...........!!!!!

    Why is this happening and is there a fix? Many, many expletives later, I'm hoping somebody here can help. Thank you!

    :)
     
    bubbalicious, Jul 8, 2019
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  2. colparis Win User

    Modification date of link files (lnk) is updated when clicked, and if they are in a toolbar

    I'm on Windows 10, and I customized a toolbar in my taskbar, with links to programs (Notepad, Paint, Calc, ...). The steps I followed are:

    • Create a folder MyToolbar
    • In this folder, add the shortcuts to notepad.exe (notepad.lnk) and mspaint.exe (mspaint.lnk)
    • Right click on the taskbar, chose Toolbar, then New Toolbar
    • Chose the folder MyToolbar
    • A new toolbar is created in the taskbar
    Every time I click on one of these icons to launch a program, for example Notepad, the modification date of notepad.lnk in the folder MyToolbar is updated.

    This is annoying: because of this behavior, the synchronization program I use updates this file each time I click on it.

    Can you reproduce this bug? Any solution?
     
    colparis, Jul 8, 2019
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  3. Folder sort by 'Date' in File Explorer

    Hello

    Windows 10 --> File explorer

    A user can sort the folders and files on date by simply clicking on the "date modified" tab on top.

    It seems a bug to me that if you just open a folder to view any file, the system considers that the folder has been updated.

    How to replicate :

    Open up a folder --> Open up any MS Office file in that folder --> Don't make any changes to the file inside the folder and close it.

    The system considers this to be a modification to the folder and brings folder name on top.

    In my opinion this is incorrect.

    If someone changes the file inside the folder and saves it, only then the folder should be considered as modified.

    Is it a bug or am I understanding it differently?

    Regards

    Vishal
     
    Vishal Mani, Jul 8, 2019
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  4. WernerGg Win User

    Folders and files modification date not updating in Widows Explorer

    Wrong file modification dates/times

    Thanks Brian for your interest in that issue with file dates. I wonder why this is not heavily discussed in the community.



    At least we agree for the backup case. If a sync program is similar to a backup program or not is a philosophic question which I would like to avoid. But I think at the end a synchronization should lead to a "similar" state in both synchronized data sets.
    And for me the modification date of a file is an essential information that is part of a files identity. Hence a synchronization should not change it. This is philosophy again. You certainly know these OO discussions about "identity" of objects.

    But leave aside all philosophy. At the end ActiveSync produces the current date as file (modify-) date for all (!) files on the mobiles My Documents, even those that have not been changed since months or years. And this is certainly not a desirable behaviour.

    One reason for that is ActiveSyncs Copy behaviour. An other seems to be its handling of archive bits. I will write on this in a later article.

    I do not agree to that. And Microsoft doesn't either as I will show.

    I agree to that. But this is another question and not relevant for file synchronization. I did not carefully examine how ActiveSync handles directory dates. The file case causes work enough for me.

    How do Windows Mobile and Windows PC handle file dates during copy operations? I made experiments for creation date and modification date. I left aside last-access dates. They seem not being really supported on Windows Mobile and they are not really interesting
    for the user. The creation date is normally not very important as well. What the user needs all day is the modification date. Often this is just named "file date" as a synonym.

    ----------------------

    The following is done completely on a standalone mobile device with WM6.1 not attached to the PC. No ActiveSync interaction.

    Say you have a file in Directory A.

    Created at 07:32, last edited at 08:25.

    ==> in DirA:

    Create Time: 07:32

    Modify Time: 08:25

    1) At 08:30 copy it for the first time to Directory B. It did not exist in DirB.

    ==> in DirB:

    Create Time: 07:32

    Modify Time: 08:25

    +++ Both times are unchanged by copy which is reasonable.

    +++ But I would agree if both times were 08:30

    2) At 08:44 edit the file in DirB

    ==> in DirB:

    Create Time: 07:32

    Modify Time: 08:44

    +++ The file gets the new modified time

    3) At 08:47 copy it back to DirA. Confirm to overwrite the file.

    ==> in DirA:

    Create Time: 07:32

    Modify Time: 08:44

    +++ The create time is not changed from its former value in DirA. As a result of Step 1) this is equal to the create time in DirB.

    +++ The modify time is unchanged (!) which is reasonable.

    ... and so on

    If you do the same on a PC with Windows XP you will see:

    Windows on the PC shows exactly the same behaviour concerning the modification date.

    But - strange enough - it is different concerning the creation date during first copy.

    After Step 1) when you first copy a file the target file will have:

    ==> in DirB:

    Create Time: 08:30

    Modify Time: 08:25

    +++ The modify time is unchanged by copy which is reasonable.

    +++ The create time is changed to time of copy.

    ??? This is a bit strange, because the file was now modified before (!) being created.

    +++ But why not?

    Steps 2) and 3) behave equal as on the mobile.

    The file in DirA keeps its original create date and inherits the modify date from the copy source in DirB.

    ----------------------

    To summarize:

    +++ COPY operations do not change modification dates.

    At least on Windows operating systems. Which is a reasonable behaviour.

    ??? Initial COPY operations (target does not exist) do change the creation date on Windows, but not on Windows Mobile. Which is a strange idea of the Microsoft programmers/designers.

    +++ Later COPY operations (target does already exist) do not change the creation or modification dates.

    At least on Windows operating systems. Which is a reasonable behaviour.

    --- ActiveSync however always changes the modification date to the current date during each copy caused by a synchronization.

    Which I consider an ActiveSync bug or design defect respectively.



    Werner Geiger, IT-Architect
     
    WernerGg, Jul 8, 2019
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