How to Stop Windows 10 Taskbar and Desktop Refreshing

Originally published at: How to Stop Windows 10 Taskbar and Desktop Refreshing

Upgrading to Windows 10 from a previous Windows version comes with its fair share of hiccups. It remains a wonder how Windows 10 was released amidst such glaring bugs and hitches. A common problem after upgrading to Windows 10 is whereby the desktop or toolbar, or both keep on refreshing. This hinders the usual flow…

Copy the icons into another folder and delete the ones on the desktop. Then after deleting refresh and check if the issue persists. You can later copy the icons from the folder to your desktop.

You can try to disable it and check if it helps. Furthermore, try to copy your desktop icons into a folder and then check if it stops the refreshing, if it does, you can copy them back without affecting the results.

Must have something to do with the icon / thumbnail cache

do a clean boot and test

Mine too.

è la soluzione migliore :slight_smile: grazie

Hi Kevin. Very helpful article, but I checked & do not have IDT audio driver. However, I noticed there is “NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)” (under Sound, Video & game controllers). Do I require this “NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)” at all? I don’t use my PC for gaming or graphics design etc. Could this be the culprit that causes task bar to refresh time and again?

explorer.exe is doing on the machine I’m working on.

This is a weird one.
I upgraded to Win10 about a year ago. For 6 months I was plagued with this extremely annoying refresh going on. I tried to learn to live with it, but then some time in the 2nd half of 2016 the problem went away.

I began to like Win10 and stopped regretting my move from Win 7. Then a couple months ago, it’s back. Also, back is frequent 100% disk, which also used to plague me but went away for 6 months.

It’s a sorry state for MSoft. How in heck does someone fairly new to PCs and Windows cope when they switch on and nothing happens? Or when they are doing something on the machine and it suddenly sticks for 30 minutes? I am familiar with Task Manager and can see things going on so that I can go away and come back when things have settled.

I have relatives who bought a laptop, but never use it because they are not very computer literate and simply gave up when the thing did not respond.

What a poor reflection on Microsoft. One should not have to be a technician to simply use a laptop.

My CPU usage is 10% , no IDT audio drivers and no bit defender is installed. But I’m facing the refresh problem. How do I fix it? Please Help.

Thanks! This is the only solution that works for me.

In my case, it was Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop periodically looking to sync files that made my icons refresh. Probably due to failing to connect to internet.

Copy or grab the icons?

I solved the problem as follows:

  1. I opened an empty folder on the Desktop
  2. I copied all desktop icons into the folder.
  3. Refreshing problem stopped.
  4. Returned all icons back onto the desktop

I don’t know why and how it worked, but it did!

no itd audio, no bit-defender…tried everything but no effect… :frowning:

Thumbnail refresh issue on desktop
I have my own thumbnail refresh component registered for custom file.

This file is compressed hence it temporary creaes folder inside users temp folder and gets deleted once finish.

Now problem comes when I copy multiple files on desktop, refresh of thumbnail calling gets repeated.

When folder from temp get deleted it again sends refresh event to the desktop?
I am using shfileoperation() API to delete the folder created in temp.
Please help