Ever since I got Win7Pro 64-bit I've seen a continuing problem where in
Windows Explorer, occasionally when I click on a folder it says "This
folder is empty". Then if I click on a different folder, then click
BACK on that folder, the FILES SHOW!! The research I did on "folder
empty" all referred to removing the "hidden" attribute or such, but
these ARE NOT HIDDEN files. They're regular files, which appear one
minute, then the next they don't, then the next they do again. Anybody
see this behavior?
I can't say I've seen the behavior.
There are a couple ways this could happen:
1) Windows has a race condition, that is only triggered when some
device changes the timing of the software you're using. Some people
see strange things, but only when using an SSD instead of a hard drive.
These would be architecture bugs.
2) A more likely explanation, is you've added software to your system,
which makes your system behave differently than it does for everyone
I've had a couple of anomalies, that the root cause was filter drivers
used by Virtual PC and VirtualBox. The drivers are present, even when you're
not using the software, meaning those drivers are free to muck about. And
it's one reason I have a golden rule, not to have more than one VM
software per OS.
Other things added to the system, are Context Menu handlers and Property
Sheet software. And I suppose Libraries are an example of a "wart on the
side" of the regular software, that might fall into this category.
Startup items, some of those might function at the driver level.
So that's another area you can review and look for anything out
of the ordinary. Autoruns can give you a list.
So if you can't Google and get an exact match on the symptoms
(and I didn't see anything in a quick search), you have to start
looking for differences between your system, and what everyone
else sees and uses.
The AV software you use, can do stuff like this, because it
"gets into everything". But then, if there was an issue like
that, it should show up in Google. As a lot of people would have
seen it. Like, any time AV software runs amok, and quarantines
the wrong files, we get to hear about it here.