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Windows 8.1 "This PC" says this folder is empty

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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 "This PC" says this folder is empty


    Hello,

    I seem to have a problem with the file explorer as the title says when I am switching between folder and I click on This PC I get "this folder is empty" sometimes it gets back to normal for a couple of minutes but then it starts again
    I tried booting into safe mode everything was fine, I tried clean boot but it was the same as it is now
    Ran Virus scan came out clean, and I can't even seem to be able to do a repair install the Windows 8.1 setup starts
    And after "Preparing 100%" it just fades away. when I check in Task Manager "Windows Module Installer" shows disk Activity, also when I adjust the performance to best appearance it changes back to best performance after reboot.
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  2. #2


    I used to get this and it was so annoying! I would highly advice you do a scan in command prompt for corrupt files.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8

    *Note: This will take a while

    If it comes back and says some errors could not be corrected do the scan again another couple of times. Worst case scenario is that you will have to refresh windows.

    Refresh Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by loveandpower View Post
    I used to get this and it was so annoying! I would highly advice you do a scan in command prompt for corrupt files.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8

    *Note: This will take a while
    I will try doing that...

    Edit : Refresh isn't working I get a message that I am missing files
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by likea View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by loveandpower View Post
    I used to get this and it was so annoying! I would highly advice you do a scan in command prompt for corrupt files.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8

    *Note: This will take a while
    I will try doing that...

    Edit : Refresh isn't working I get a message that I am missing files

    I would do the scan first.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    What about appearance settings? it resets to "Adjust for best performance" after a reboot
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    That is kind of strange...

    There must be something wrong in your registry it's the only thing I can think of and I'm not familiar enough with the registry to give detailed advice on what could be causing it in i that or how to fix such a thing. I do know though that you shouldn't use things such as Ccleaner too often if you have a program like that or that actual program. There is nothing wrong with registry cleaners however they can also be harmful if it deletes something it shouldn't and I kind of get the feeling this is what is going on here.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by loveandpower View Post
    That is kind of strange...

    There must be something wrong in your registry it's the only thing I can think of and I'm not familiar enough with the registry to give detailed advice on what could be causing it in i that or how to fix such a thing. I do know though that you shouldn't use things such as Ccleaner too often if you have a program like that or that actual program. There is nothing wrong with registry cleaners however they can also be harmful if it deletes something it shouldn't and I kind of get the feeling this is what is going on here.
    I do have CCleaner but It's been so long since the last time I used it. this used to happen with my previous windows 8 Installations
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    All I can really tell from this is that something has gone corrupt, either a system file or something in your registry.

    What did the scannow results come up with?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by loveandpower View Post
    All I can really tell from this is that something has gone corrupt, either a system file or something in your registry.

    What did the scannow results come up with?
    Running it for the 4th time, Appearance settings issue was fixed but the explorer issue still stands, I remember there was an update for windows 8.1 that had something to do with file explorer performance I will check that
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  10. #10


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    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Are your B & E drives external USB

    I occasionally get similar if my external drives have gone into sleep model

    Not sure if this makes any difference, but have you tried giving the b: drive a higher up letter, B used to be reserved for floppy disks so not sure if there is something in windows getting confused with this
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