If you delete or add folders in a network-shared folder, Windows Explorer does not show the change in Windows XP

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When you use Windows Explorer to delete or to add a folder in a shared network folder in Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Explorer is not updated automatically to show the changes. You must press F5 to update Windows Explorer.
This problem may occur if the shared network folder is mapped to a folder inside a shared folder. For example, this problem occurs if the network folder is mapped to the \\Server\Share\Folder folder instead of the \\Server\Share folder.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   21-Sep-2004  20:12  6.0.2900.2520   8,385,024  Shell32.dll
To work around this problem, press F5 to force a manual update of Windows Explorer after you add or delete a folder in a shared network folder.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
UNC path, ChangeNotify, NotifyChange, Notify Change, Shell, change notification, refresh, %HOMEDRIVE%, %HOMEPATH%, folder redirection, redirected folder, UpdateMode, NoSimpleNetIDList

Article ID: 873392 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 07:59:27 - Revision: 2.2

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