Network Drive Will Not Refresh, I am using 2 Windows 7 Professional 64 bit machines and 1 Windows 7 Professional 32 bit machine on a wired Ethernet network.

I am using 2 Windows 7 Professional 64 bit machines and 1 Windows 7 Professional 32 bit machine on a wired Ethernet network.

The network works very well with one issue. When I add a new folder on one machine and try to access that new folder from another machine the new folder does not appear. I must disconnect the network drive from the machine with the new folder then map a new drive. When I map the new drive the new folder displays in Windows Explorer on the second machine.

This is very frustrating when I want to add an email attachment file from another machine and it won't display until I disconnect and re-map the drive.

I hope this all make sense. Does anyone have an idea how to fix this issue? I don't remember this problem when my network was XP Pro machines.

Thanks for your help.
 

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Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 3,805 Applies to:
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Hi Bill,

 

 

. Is the computer connected on a home network?

  

Please follow the below steps and check the issue:


Step 1:

 

Disconnect the network mapped drive:


a. Click Start, click Computer.
b. Right click on the mapped drive and click Disconnect.
c. Restart the computer.

 

Step 2: Remap the drive


a. See Create a shortcut to (map) a network drive


b. Check if the issue persists.

 

If the issue persists, disable security software and check the result.


See Disable antivirus software

 

Important Note: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn't disable your antivirus software. If you have to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you're connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.

 

For reference:

 

File sharing essentials:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/File-sharing-essentials

 

Share files with someone:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Share-files-with-someone

 

Hope this helps.

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Thank you for your help.

The way I work around this problem is to do step one and step two as you suggest.  I have not restarted the computer though - I will also try that.  I have also not dis-abled my ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus software either - I will try that also.

The network drive that I am trying to see the "change" on does not refresh by itself, when I press F5 or go to View/Refresh.

Google search tells that this issue of a network drive refreshing to show a newly created folder, etc. is a long time Windows 7 problem.

I would appreciate your thoughts on the possible Windows 7 issue as found on Google.

Thanks again for your help.

Bill

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