Windows 10: Perpetual refreshing - Windows Explorer vs. PDF files?

Discus and support Perpetual refreshing - Windows Explorer vs. PDF files? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'm no expert, but I usually manage to resolve computer problems by searching the web. This time I was completely unsuccessful! Whenever a folder that... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by paulkaye, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. paulkaye Win User

    Perpetual refreshing - Windows Explorer vs. PDF files?


    I'm no expert, but I usually manage to resolve computer problems by searching the web. This time I was completely unsuccessful!
    Whenever a folder that contains a PDF file is open in Windows Explorer, icons in that folder, and programs listed in the taskbar, repeatedly refresh every 1-2 seconds, making the interface unusable. This problem does not occur (1) if Windows Explorer is closed, or (2) if Windows explorer is displaying only folders that do not contain PDF files.
    I had this problem about a month ago, and was able to resolve it by performing a System Restore. But the problem has returned, and I think I need to fix it "properly" this time.
    Here is a video of the screen when Windows Explorer has opened a folder that DOES contain a PDF file.
    Here is a video of the screen when Windows Explorer has opened an otherwise-identical folder that does NOT contain a PDF file.

    Windows 10 1803 (build 17134.1304)
    My go-to PDF software is PDF XChange Editor. I have tried uninstalling it, but this did not resolve the issue.
    I also have Foxit PhantomPDF installed.

    I'd be very grateful if someone could help me with this!

    :)
     
    paulkaye, Mar 19, 2020
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  2. Search result in Win10 1909 file explorer doesn't refresh anymore?

    If I use the "new" search function (in the windows 10 b1909 file explorer) to list all pdf in my actual directory and all subdirectories I type *.pdf in the higher right corner search field and get the correct result.

    But if I mark them all (CTRL+a) and press the DEL key, it doesn't refresh the result anymore (the list of pdf remain visible. If I try to delete this files again, I get an error message, that this files doesn't exist anymore, still remaining in the search result).
    In most cases, I even have to restart the explorer.exe to get back my working file explorer.

    Is this a known issue since build 1909?

    Do you know how to get the list refreshing automatically without restart of the process "explorer.exe"?
     
    WTenNewbie, Mar 19, 2020
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  3. banditrvp Win User
    File Explorer - Some PDF's show thumbnail image, some don’t

    In Windows 10 File Explorer, I see thumbnails for a few of my pdf files but still see the generic Adobe pdf icon for most of them.

    • In Windows 10 folder options, the checkbox for “Always show icons, never thumbnails” is unchecked.
    • On the Adobe Reader preferences general tab, “Enable PDF thumbnails previews in Windows Explorer” is checked.
    • Adobe Acrobat is set as my default PDF viewer.
    • I have used Disk Cleanup to delete all my thumbnails to clear and rebuild the cache, yet the problem persists.
    Any suggestions on how I can see all the pdf icons as thumbnails?
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, Build 18362.657
    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (20.006.20034)

    I asked over in the Adobe Acrobat Reader forum a few days ago but have received no replies.


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    banditrvp, Mar 19, 2020
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  4. Try3 Win User

    Perpetual refreshing - Windows Explorer vs. PDF files?

    Windows Explorer refuses to refresh Explorer

    Masterchef,

    I have had this problem and so have lots of other people. None of the suggested solutions I found on the internet had anything other than a temporary effect. The problem eventually went away of its own accord but still rears its ugly head from time to time. I only kept a few links on the subject -
    Desktop or Explorer does not refresh automatically in Windows
    Windows Explorer doesn't refresh by itself - Microsoft Community
    windows file list does not auto refresh-update - Microsoft Answers [Windows 7]
    Windows Explorer doesn't refresh when moving-deleting - TechNet [Windows 7]

    When the problem reappears, I restart the computer. If that does not resolve matters then I accept the situation and don't waste my time chasing non-solutions. You might wish to consider adopting the same approach.

    All the best,
    Denis
     
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