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Have to hit refresh for items to show up on desktop

by sbga01 / December 24, 2008 6:04 AM PST

When I download something from my browser to the desktop, it doesnt show up on the desktop until I right hand click and hit refresh. In XP it just shows up like it should. Any fix for this?

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Just so you know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2008 12:28 AM PST
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seems like a downgrade
by sbga01 / December 27, 2008 6:49 PM PST
In reply to: Just so you know.

right, because having to press f5 to see a file you just added is easier than it just automatically appearing like it does in previous versions of windows. fyi, it doesnt do it when in explorer folder, only on the desktop

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Just so you know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2008 12:14 AM PST
In reply to: seems like a downgrade

There's a reason to not have the desktop refresh automatically. Oh, I wrote the word "refresh." Did you know that when you program Windows applications there is a method called 'refresh?' Here's a link about that -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949700

Now back to reasons why an automatic refresh of the desktop is a bad idea (for Microsoft.) The desktop could 'flicker'. They may have found that memory was leaking (see kb949700.) Among other things.

Sorry but this only scratches the surface (trademark Microsoft.) But I hope it helps you begin to understand.
Bob

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