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I've been having a problem with Windows 7 lately.

Randomly, files will begin not showing up on the desktop. I'll download a file from the internet through Firefox (and save to the desktop). The file will not appear on the desktop until I right click and select "refresh".

At first, it used to never do this. Then it began to happen a lot more. Now it seems to be occurring quite often.

Are there any known fixes for this? I am running Windows 7 (64 bit).


Edit:
I saw suggested on another forum that editing a registry key works:

1) Back up the registry.
2) Searched for occurrences of the word refresh and found this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance
which contains three subkeys. One of them, curiously enough, is DontRefresh and it has a value of 1 (turned ON)
3) I then changed the value to 0 (turned OFF) and hit F5 to refresh and save the now changed registry.

When I went to try this, that whole registry was missing. I was able to get as far as CLSID, but was missing the BDEADE7F key. Maybe that is the problem. How do I restore this registry?

Edited by Xanster82, 28 November 2011 - 07:29 PM.

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I do have HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance and the DontRefresh key is set to 0.

I am on a Win 7 Pro X64 system.

Open regedit, go to the top and click on Computer once to select it, Then try searching (press F3) on

BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F

The first hit I got was the one you were looking for, yet when I tried to find it manually but scrolling down and expanding keys I didn't find it, very weird.
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Yep I searched it that way and still didn't find anything. I am to assume now the whole key is missing for me. How do I get everything back?
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You could try making the following (in red) into a .reg file and merging it into your registry, see if that helps.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}]
@="&Discuss"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Implemented Categories]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Implemented Categories\{00021494-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\InprocServer32]
@="shdocvw.dll"
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance]
"CLSID"="{4D5C8C2A-D075-11D0-B416-00C04FB90376}"
"DontRefresh"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
"URL"="C:\\PROGRA~2\\MICROS~2\\Office10\\INTLBAND.HTM"

Select all the red text, then paste it into a Notepad window.
Do a File / Save as and save it as "BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F.reg". Include the double quotes to prevent Notepad from adding .txt to the end of the name.

Then right click on BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F.reg and select Merge to add it to your registry.

Before doing the above though, either create a new System Restore point or install and run ERUNT to make a backup of your registry.
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Thank you for your reply. I did that, and it is still not working for me. It seemed to work for a bit at first.

If I restart, it works fine for a little bit. But after some time, it stops working and I can't see any new icons on the desktop. The problem only occurs when something new is downloaded to the desktop. When I delete an icon, no problems there. The icon goes away as it should. But being downloaded to the desktop? No, can't see anything until I refresh.

It is becoming quite annoying, lol.
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Try this, see if it makes a difference: How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 7

Doesn't sound like it should make a difference but it's worth a try.
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Ok well so far it seems to be working, but that is only because I restarted. If it appears to be working in an hour or so from now, then I think it's fixed. I only rebuilt the cache automatically. So if it stops working, I'll try manually.


Thanks for the link!
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