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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jones, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. jones

    jones Flightless Bird

    Does having too many files and folders on the desktop i.e. scattered all
    over, not in My Documents, slow the computer down?

    Just curious.

    Thank you
    Katherine
     
  2. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 05 Jul 2010, "jones" <jones@nowhere.com> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > Does having too many files and folders on the desktop i.e.
    > scattered all over, not in My Documents, slow the computer down?


    If they are on the Desktop, they are not "scattered all over", they are
    right there on the Desktop.

    And, no, it will not slow the computer down. It's just more cluttered
    and less organized and may make it more difficult to find things when
    you need them.
     
  3. Big_Al

    Big_Al Flightless Bird

    Nil said this on 7/5/2010 10:07 PM:
    > On 05 Jul 2010, "jones"<jones@nowhere.com> wrote in
    > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
    >
    >> Does having too many files and folders on the desktop i.e.
    >> scattered all over, not in My Documents, slow the computer down?

    >
    > If they are on the Desktop, they are not "scattered all over", they are
    > right there on the Desktop.
    >
    > And, no, it will not slow the computer down. It's just more cluttered
    > and less organized and may make it more difficult to find things when
    > you need them.


    I might argue that every time Windows forces a refresh of the desktop
    (you see your icons repaint) it is also having to repaint / refresh all
    those 'scattered' desktop files.

    I have no proof except 'just a feeling'.
     
  4. Randem

    Randem Flightless Bird

  5. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    jones wrote:
    > Does having too many files and folders on the desktop i.e. scattered all
    > over, not in My Documents, slow the computer down?


    No, it doesn't slow down the computer. As for the "refresh desktop"
    issue that is really a non-issue on most computers in this day and age,
    just hit the F5 key when you are at the Desktop and see for yourself how
    much of a non-issue it really is, it (F5) wouldn't be much faster even
    if you remove half of what you have on the desktop.

    John
     
  6. jones

    jones Flightless Bird

    Thank you for your advice.

    Where will I find the icon cache please?

    Thanks again
    Katherine


    > No, it doesn't slow down the computer. As for the "refresh desktop" issue
    > that is really a non-issue on most computers in this day and age, just hit
    > the F5 key when you are at the Desktop and see for yourself how much of a
    > non-issue it really is, it (F5) wouldn't be much faster even if you
    > remove half of what you have on the desktop.
    >
    > John
     
  7. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    In your profile folder, enter this string in the Start Menu Run box and
    you will be taken to the folder:

    %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data

    If you find that the desktop refresh is slow this might help:

    Icons randomly change to different icons
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q132668

    In the article it says to delete the ShellIconCache file but there is no
    such file on Windows XP.

    This may also help:

    Change the icon cache size in Windows XP Pro
    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5164407.html

    John

    jones wrote:
    > Thank you for your advice.
    >
    > Where will I find the icon cache please?
    >
    > Thanks again
    > Katherine
    >
    >
    >> No, it doesn't slow down the computer. As for the "refresh desktop" issue
    >> that is really a non-issue on most computers in this day and age, just hit
    >> the F5 key when you are at the Desktop and see for yourself how much of a
    >> non-issue it really is, it (F5) wouldn't be much faster even if you
    >> remove half of what you have on the desktop.
    >>
    >> John

    >
    >
     
  8. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 05 Jul 2010, Big_Al <BigAl@name.invalid> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > I might argue that every time Windows forces a refresh of the
    > desktop (you see your icons repaint) it is also having to repaint
    > / refresh all those 'scattered' desktop files.
    >
    > I have no proof except 'just a feeling'.


    I have no proof either - it would be a hard thing to measure - but I
    don't think the computer hesitates in any significant way while the
    icons are refreshing. It just keeps chugging along. The apparent
    "slowdown" is visual only.
     
  9. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:4c328a14$1@dnews.tpgi.com.au,
    jones <jones@nowhere.com> typed:
    > Does having too many files and folders on the desktop i.e.
    > scattered all over, not in My Documents, slow the computer
    > down?
    > Just curious.
    >
    > Thank you
    > Katherine


    Well, yes and no. Yes because every desktop icon has to be gotten from cache
    and physically painted onto the screen at the mathematical positions
    required. No because as a general rule the time added is going to be
    negligible unless possibly you're making your own large icons. The Desktop
    is actually just a folder that windows has been coded to display its
    contents on the screen. It exists under your username under Documents and
    Settings.

    You can test it out for your specific situation by turning OFF the Desktop
    Display and noticing how long it takes to paint the screen. To make a blank
    desktop, right-click any open area on the desktop and choose "Arrange Icons
    By". In the drop down that appears, remove the tic mark at "Show Desktop".
    The desktop usually goes away right away. On some machines you might
    have to log off and back on the get it to take affect.
    To bring the desktop back so it displays, just put the tic back on "Show
    Desktop" and all your icons will re-appear.

    There ARE situations where the desktop icons can actually cause fairly long
    and annoying pauses as each icon is painted! But that has nothing to do with
    how many icons are on the desktop. To correct it, you need to do a refresh
    of the icon cache. If you need more info on that, just ask or check with
    Google or most any search engine.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  10. jones

    jones Flightless Bird

    Re: files on desktop - thank you Twayne


    >
    > Well, yes and no. Yes because every desktop icon has to be gotten from
    > cache and physically painted onto the screen at the mathematical positions
    > required. No because as a general rule the time added is going to be
    > negligible unless possibly you're making your own large icons. The Desktop
    > is actually just a folder that windows has been coded to display its
    > contents on the screen. It exists under your username under Documents and
    > Settings.
    >
    > You can test it out for your specific situation by turning OFF the Desktop
    > Display and noticing how long it takes to paint the screen. To make a
    > blank desktop, right-click any open area on the desktop and choose
    > "Arrange Icons By". In the drop down that appears, remove the tic mark at
    > "Show Desktop".
    > The desktop usually goes away right away. On some machines you might
    > have to log off and back on the get it to take affect.
    > To bring the desktop back so it displays, just put the tic back on "Show
    > Desktop" and all your icons will re-appear.
    >
    > There ARE situations where the desktop icons can actually cause fairly
    > long and annoying pauses as each icon is painted! But that has nothing to
    > do with how many icons are on the desktop. To correct it, you need to do
    > a refresh of the icon cache. If you need more info on that, just ask or
    > check with Google or most any search engine.
    >
    > HTH,
    >
    > Twayne`
    >
     
  11. ~Mahler Mlle.~

    ~Mahler Mlle.~ Flightless Bird

    Randem wrote:
    >> Yes it does. When your computer needs to refresh the desktop it has
    >> to scan all those folders and files looking for the icons for them.
    >> You can also increase the size of your icon cache to help with this.
    >>

    even if they are shortcuts?

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  12. Randem

    Randem Flightless Bird

    He asked about files not shortcuts... A shortcut will only be a set size but
    a file can be GB's

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    "~Mahler Mlle.~" <tiredofthis@nospam.att.com> wrote in message
    news:i1m0ch$1fg$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Randem wrote:
    >>> Yes it does. When your computer needs to refresh the desktop it has
    >>> to scan all those folders and files looking for the icons for them.
    >>> You can also increase the size of your icon cache to help with this.
    >>>

    > even if they are shortcuts?
    >
    >>> --
    >>> The Top Inno Setup Script Generator -
    >>> http://www.randem.com/innoscript.html Free Utilities and Code -
    >>> http://www.randem.com/freesoftutil.html

    >
    >
     
  13. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Which still wouldn't make any difference whatsoever, the files are not
    read when the desktop folder is opened.

    John

    Randem wrote:
    > He asked about files not shortcuts... A shortcut will only be a set size but
    > a file can be GB's
    >
     

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