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    Question [Merged] Why Click Refresh

    very simple question.....

    Why should we click Refresh (right click ) every now and then in Windows OS but why not in Linux ?

    What does Refresh Command do ?

    Technical answers appreciated....
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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    It does nothing other than redrawing or repainting the screen/active window, and is generally used to arrange icons/files which have got scattered over the window/screen.

    However, most often than not, u will watch some people (who call themselves 'Computer engineer' and are usually engaged in computer maintenance) to use this technique every now and then to (somehow) refresh the computer memory (??!!!) etc., especially if some sluggishness is apparent from the computer (which is a futile excercise, btw).

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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    You are very observant puja399. I also noticed these engineers doing this. I am now copying them but with NO appreciable change in anything.
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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    Yes, I think they do it as if to look busy and that they know what they are doing... Once you start interacting with them and indicate that you have good knowledge of computers, I have seen some of them stop doing it


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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    I remember when I was learning computer in the MS-DOS era, I have seen some of these people using 'dir' command to check (??!!) the speed of computer (by watching the speed of directory listing onscreen )

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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    Refresh is just a sort of time pass---ppl get irritated if their comps take too much time to load a particular application, so they just click arnd refresh to reduce their anxiety<any other appropriate word, maybe>


    Quote Originally Posted by sakumar79
    Yes, I think they do it as if to look busy and that they know what they are doing... Once you start interacting with them and indicate that you have good knowledge of computers, I have seen some of them stop doing it


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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    Well, refreshing the desktop once after XP has booted up properly does make it more responsive. For example, when you first click on 'Refresh' after booting up, it sort of takes a few seconds to do so. But the next refresh gets done instantaneously.
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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    just a sort of timepass.... or a hobby or even a automated mechanism by their body... or maybe its their fav. button.. .. and yes i do agree with aryayush ... even after using a heavy weight application it does become more responsive when u click refresh...
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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by vandit
    .. and yes i do agree with aryayush ... even after using a heavy weight application it does become more responsive when u click refresh...
    It is just an illusion. Windows auto-redraws the screen when the CPU is idle, so just after running a resource hungry app, Windows is more concerned with the memory /disk cleanup and DLL unloading etc. than to redrawing or updating the screen. But when the user specifically asks Windows to redraw by using 'Refresh', such command takes priority over the 'cleaning up' task, and Windows redraws the screen as soon as possible, and thus defers the memory clean up for later.

    However, it is a known issue that Windows is not that much famous in clean up job, I guess defering such an action is not recommended as sometimes it may result in memory leakage. However those having greater knowledge about the Windows internals may please comment on this matter.

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    General Re: Why Click Refresh in Windows

    Hey, thats nothing to do with increasing responsiveness of the PC.
    Try this-: Press ctrl+alt+del and see the cpu usage, now keep refreshing...nothing happens..on the other hand, if the CPU usage is high and u refresh ...its gonna increase further.
    Looks like some u believe that refreshing clears ram or something like that
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