Fix For Windows Vista Desktop Not Refreshing Or Updating Correctly

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vistalogo1.pngI have noticed every now and then, Vista's desktop does not refresh or update itself correctly after adding a folder shortcut or downloading a file to the desktop. The screen would go blank, and eventually return or the downloaded file would never appear on the desktop unless I forced a refreshed by right clicking on the desktop and select Refresh.

It seems that the mechanism for refreshing the desktop breaks or stops completely for no reason.

Finally, I came across a hotfix, published on Microsoft support web site, that corrects this problem. Microsoft states the problem occurs when "…a Windows Vista-based computer has been running for an extended period of time".

I installed the patch about three weeks ago and have not experienced any problems with the desktop not refreshing itself. Although I still have the occasional behavior with Vista rearranging icons on the desktop, which can be be fixed by restoring the desktop icon position layout.

The hotfix (KB932406) for resolving the desktop not refreshing properly, can be downloaded from Microsoft web site for both Windows Vista x32 based systems and x64 based systems. The hotfix may require a reboot.

Once the hotfix has been installed, you should no longer see the following symptoms:

  • Parts of the screen may go black.
  • Parts of the screen may become transparent.
  • The toolbar may disappear.
  • The toolbar may appear at the top of the screen instead of at the bottom of the screen.

In addition, folder shortcuts or files that you copy or download from the Internet and not appearing on the desktop, should also be corrected.

If you cannot reboot immediately after installing the hotfix, a work around for forcing Vista to update your desktop is to try refreshing the desktop (right click on desktop and click Refresh) or restart Windows Explorer shell process (without needing to reboot Vista).

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August 22, 2007

genex3m @ 4:38 am #

hello all. i have another problem with msg.exe formerly known as net send.

i m using vista home premium edition. and i have enabled telnet client and server as well. thats from programs and features > turn windows features on.

well my problem is i still cant run msg.exe

i have used command prompt in administrator mode too. but when i even type msg /?

it says that 'msg' is not recognized as an internal or external command, blah blah blah

i tried it in run as well. but it says "windows cannot find and blah blah"

so pls shed some light on this. it wud be really great cos i need to do a lot of netsend via my home network and i dont want to install just another program to do this. thankx

August 23, 2007

genex3m @ 12:31 am #

i did not upgrade from XP to vista. this is a fresh installation. and i did answer part of your question mate > "i m using vista home premium edition"
if its not included in vista home premium then i m okay. if not, microsoft is sure gonna hear from an unhappy customer.

August 29, 2007

wpcoe @ 3:42 am #

A couple days ago I noticed that the Recycle Bin icon was not updating itself to show as "full" or "empty" without right-clicking on the desktop and choosing Refresh. I downloaded hotfix (KB932406 and installed it and rebooted, but the Recycle Bin icon still does not update itself without a manual refresh.

Any ideas?

January 26, 2008

Smartik1 @ 5:53 pm #

wpcoe what happened to you is that you have a shortcut to recycle bin and not the recycle bin itself on your desktop (i just tried it to see if thats it and the shortcut doesn't update). The way to check is the bottom left corner of the icon has an arrow on it (means shortcut). The sad news is I have no clue as to where the original is…Good luck

February 4, 2008

Skip Mansur @ 12:05 pm #

I tried the icon restore utility… I am running Windows XP Pro 2002 SP2…. I just had to reboot, and of course it rearranged all my icons again. I tried the icon restore, and it moved some of them closer to where they were, but there were still quite a few in different places than I originally had them… any other suggestions?

May 14, 2008

An easier solution: use classic icons will fix this problem. @ 6:00 pm #

I know this hard way. Simply right click desktop->view select classic icons (default is medium icons. The wring icon will be self corrected.

October 18, 2008

Ken @ 11:55 pm #

Try to delete the $recycle folder in c:. first you will have to enable folder view to show hidden and system files. then delete the $recycle folder when you use the recycle bin again it will reinstall. this worked for me. Or there is a microsoft update to fix this but it told me that this update was not for my system. KB932406 is the update.

April 9, 2012

Antonio @ 7:32 am #

The simple fix is just to right click on VNC icon – Property and check mark "Low Accuracy (Turbo Speed)".

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