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Whenever you create a new folder, you have to hit the enter key TWICE because first it'll throw an error that "there is no such file..". Okay. Then if you try to delete some, this happens also. Renaming is the same.

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I tried adding a "2" to the end of the folder name, hit enter and got this. Here I can press cancel, nothing happens. If I press retry, the popup disappears and it'll finally change the folder name.

I can't come up with anything for this. Using BitDefender (registered, full protection), Windows 7 Ultimate Retail 32-bit (boxed, English version). The other PC had the same anti-virus protection , but it had Windows 7 64-bit. Both systems are activated, updated totally. I don't remember installing any new stuff on the PCs. All the stuff on the PCs are legal, no cracked / any other software present. It just happened, so to say. Already reinstalled the other PC because I thought * I * messed up something and its just something FUBAR. However, I dont want to reinstall my laptop also.

Any ideas are welcome. (Today I had a strange bug. Windows Explorer had 1.0+gb memory usage with 100% cpu. Killed it, launched a new explorer.exe and thats all. Nothing changed, but it may worth a try. The other PC did NOT have this problem, ever.)

Isn't there a registry fix for this or something?

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I've noticed this on a few occasions but I've not really bothered to do anything about it as it's not a huge worry for me. I'd be interested in a fax though. –  tombull89 May 13 '10 at 13:43
    
Sadly it was like that at first, only happened occasionally. But now it happens with almost every time when it comes to file-management, which just driving me nuts. –  Shiki May 13 '10 at 13:46
    
Try to turn of SearchIndexer service. –  Vasiliy Borovyak May 13 '10 at 14:28
    
On a related note, on at least two occasions I have unintentionally deleted a folder because I clicked a file or subfolder in the right-hand pane but Explorer was still "active" on the folder in the left-hand pane. :[ Thank Bill for the recycle bin... –  GalacticCowboy May 13 '10 at 14:34
    
Vasiliy: Its turned off. I'm using everything utility (as on demand, so its not running always). –  Shiki May 13 '10 at 14:45
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The way I see it, either there's either a rogue application in your computer, or Windows has gone bad. The second option may require re-installation.

Your best bet is (in order of desperation):

  • See if the problem happens when booting in Safe mode.
    If it doesn't happen: Then the problem is with an installed application or driver (most likely video).
    If it still happens: Windows is probably bad.
  • Scan the installed applications and uninstall any that look doubtful, Use Revo for that.
  • Use autoruns to verify all applications that start with Windows.
  • Use Process Explorer to verify that no program is locking the directories
  • Use System File Checker (SFC) to scan system files and replace incorrect versions of them.
  • Refresh Windows 7 by doing an upgrade installation.
  • Reformat and reinstall Windows.

EDIT

Since we have here two people with the same arcane problem, it might be instructive to find out what you have in common.

Could Shiki add to his question the details for his hardware, Windows version and language, and the list of installed applications? Then TFM could comment on the list.

Here's how one gets a list of all installed applications by using the Windows Instrumentation command-line interface (WMIC) on a text file:

  1. Start Command Prompt.
  2. Type wmic and press Return.
  3. You will see a new prompt: wmic:root\cli>
  4. Execute
    /output:c:\appList.txt product get name,version
    (To terminate use the quit command.)
  5. The applications list is found on the file c:\appList.txt.
    It will require some text-editing to reduce the number of lines.

EDIT2

After much research, it seems that Explorer in Windows 7 has many problems with refreshing the files list, which causes problems with all file operations. These problems are well-known but remain unacknowledged by Microsoft. One hopes that they will disappear with the upcoming service pack.

The obvious solution is to use a third-party replacement for Explorer.

Some non-obvious solutions are explored in the extremely long thread found here:
Windows Explorer doesn't refresh when moving/deleting.
Many people claim having found solutions, which worked for some but not for others.
I list below most of the solutions, in what I consider is the order of likelihood of them working:

  1. Remove the computer from the Homegroup
  2. Remove all network shares
  3. Unchecking MS client for windows, and switching off all the sharing options
  4. Delete IconCache.db
  5. Sort files in Explorer by name rather than by date
  6. Rebuild the Windows Experience Index.
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See if the problem happens when booting in Safe mode. > Will check. Scan the installed applications and uninstall any that look doubtful, Use Revo for that > Did that. Use autoruns to verify all applications that start with Windows. > Did that. Use Process Explorer to verify that no program is locking the directories > Did. Refresh Windows 7 by doing an upgrade installation. > No way, worse than anything. Use System File Checker (SFC) to scan system files and replace incorrect versions of them. < Very good idea, I was searching for such an app but didnt find anything, thanks! –  Shiki May 16 '10 at 7:50
    
Same here, I went through all the steps listed here, no change... –  TFM May 16 '10 at 9:13
    
@TFM: Do you have these problems in Safe mode? –  harrymc May 16 '10 at 10:01
    
Okay. Report: SFC said it found some files, fixed them. After a reboot, the problem still there. Safe mode comes with the same problem. –  Shiki May 16 '10 at 13:31
    
I still have the problem in safe mode. –  TFM May 16 '10 at 14:26
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There seems to be a small consensus that believes KB980408 maybe the cause of these problem. It may be worth taking a look at these threads:

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7files/thread/511a2436-99e1-4f5c-9578-60daa08422a1

http://www.overclock.net/windows/721973-msupdate-kb980408-warning-all-win7-x64.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/81527-need-help-unable-rename-move-folders.html

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OMG and I really removed libraries. LOL. Thanks for the link. AWESOME! :) (If this fixes it, I'd give you ALL my points!) –  Shiki May 25 '10 at 11:12
    
That .reg file fixed it. Thank you sooo very much.. :) –  Shiki May 25 '10 at 11:40
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