ok, since its on xp my best guess is still th refresh routine. When it refreshes the window (and displays/hides the file extensions) it tries to use a hotkey combo. But I think what's happening is that another hotkey is in place which uses part or all of the same key combination. -- like I said, I'd love to doing the refresh in a more 'programmatic' way but using a key combo is the only way I've been able to find that actually WORKS.
Anyway here's what you can try: open windows explorer exactly like you do when you experience the problem. Then try pressing Shift+F10. The right-click menu should pop-up exactly as if you had used the mouse. Next, with the menu still up, press 'e' (for Refresh) on the keyboard. If you get the same problem then there's some installed program that has stolen one of Microsoft's default hotkey combos. If it refreshes normally I'm not sure. My systems are both xp home w/ sp2 and try as i might it works fine on both...
Is anybody else able to recreate this issue? (system/conditions?)
This post has been edited by spiritpyre: 04 January 2006 - 12:06 AM