winIDEA will always refresh displayed information when the CPU stops. Additionally you can configure winIDEA to periodically refresh displayed information.
Open Debug / Debug Options / Update to tailor the debugging experience to your needs.
•Update when running - Update displayed information when the CPU is running
•Update when stopped (not recommended) - Update displayed information when the CPU is stopped
•Update Period - Determine the interval to update real-time information
Accessing memory using a debug monitor gives access to all memory available to the CPU, the CPU must however be stopped for this purpose.
Update all configured update targets when:
•the CPU is running
•when the CPU is stopped
•when a conditional breakpoint's condition is evaluated to zero
Update Period - Determine the interval in which winIDEA updates monitored information. Default 0.05 s / 1 s, applies to all architectures.
Define the desktop information to update:
•Watch - expressions in the watch window
•Memory - currently open memory windows
•Register - register pane of the disassembly window
•OS - operating system window