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Old 01-01-2009, 05:23 AM
 
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My icons on my desktop take entirely too long to open, are these issues repairable? If so, how do I go about doing this.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Arden, NC
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Are they slow to load, slowly "revealing" themselves?

Make sure your antivirus is up to date. I'd also run a spyware scanner, like malwarebytes (malwarebytes.org). Run it a couple of times.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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You might want to check what programs are preloading when you're booting. I know that older programs running can affect desktop icons. In my case, after I finish playing an older game that requires a different desktop setting (lower resolution), it takes a little bit for all my icons to re-reveal themselves once my system's settings are returning to normal resolution.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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Start/Control Panel/System/Advanced/Performance/Visual Effects

Fill radio button for Adjust Best Performance

Click OK and wait.... screen goes to gray scale and back

This will speed up performance in general, including the icons, menus opening, displaying anything on the screen. It shuts off all those fancy, not required effects, like fade in/fade out, etc.

I turn this off on every PC I work on if it has speed issues and I have never received a single complaint. People don't even realize it's not on.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Start/Control Panel/System/Advanced/Performance/Visual Effects

Fill radio button for Adjust Best Performance

Click OK and wait.... screen goes to gray scale and back

This will speed up performance in general, including the icons, menus opening, displaying anything on the screen. It shuts off all those fancy, not required effects, like fade in/fade out, etc.

I turn this off on every PC I work on if it has speed issues and I have never received a single complaint. People don't even realize it's not on.
Excellent advice! I only have one thing to add. Avoid putting actual documents, folders or programs on your Desktop. Put them somewhere else (say, in My Documents, for instance) and place a shortcut on the Desktop. This helps your computer start faster since the Desktop has to load as your profile is activated and the shortcuts are much smaller files than their targets.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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Excellent advice! I only have one thing to add. Avoid putting actual documents, folders or programs on your Desktop. Put them somewhere else (say, in My Documents, for instance) and place a shortcut on the Desktop. This helps your computer start faster since the Desktop has to load as your profile is activated and the shortcuts are much smaller files than their targets.
I agree!

Remember: Icons on your desktop use an inordinate (25 cent word!) amount of resources. Keep them to a minimum. I use the Quick Launch Bar for the majority of my icons. Fewer resources (they are, by definition, shortcuts) and it only takes a single click to open. In addition they are available for clicking without having to return to the desktop.
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