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Do desktop icons slow the system down?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jossie, Aug 29, 2009.

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  1. Jossie

    Jossie Thread Starter

    Aug 29, 2009
    A number of people have told me off for having too many desktop icons and tell me that that is slowing my system down. I was recently told to move the icons into folders on my desktop and that that would rectify the problem. I've always thought this was a load of rubbish but thought I'd better ask some experts before dismissing it entirely. I noticed that someone else had asked the question on this forum in 2002 and the answer was that it wasn't true but wondered if any new information has come to light on it.
  2. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Mar 9, 2009
    Too many icons will slow down your booting process a little.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
    I've worked on computers with 75 - 100 icons on the desktop, and at least 2/3's of them weren't being used or were dead links. Except for

    My Computer
    Recycle Bin
    Internet Explorer
    (unless you use a different browser)
    Outlook Express (unless you use a different email program)

    very few other icons need to be on the desktop. Most everything else can be accessed via the Start - All Programs menu.

  4. aka Brett

    aka Brett Banned

    Nov 25, 2008
    If there is a difference I wouldn't be concerned about it,,as it will be small.
    I often work off the desk top and clean it later....never noticed a slow down
    If your system is actually slowing down its not from the icons...that would be the last performance tweak to make
  5. techkid

    techkid David

    Sep 1, 2004
    It does mean that Windows Explorer has to work that little bit harder at startup, but I don't think the difference is that great.

    What separating your icons into different folders would speed up is your ability to find the program you are after.

    That being said, all I have on my desktop is My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, Recycling Bin, and Firefox. I run everything else from the Start Menu.
  6. ozziebeanie


    Jun 24, 2009
    Never noticed any slowing down while working doing something, but I keep only the icons that I use mostly on the desk top and have a folder on the desktop of the ones I want but don't use as often, keeps it clean.

    Never heard of Icons slowing the comptuer down, just how many icons have you got on your desktop?

    Thanks Phantom010 never knew that it slows the booting process the more you have.
  7. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002

    Excessive icons on the desktop aren't needed, but it isn't the culprit for computer slowdown.

    What is the processor speed and amount of RAM in that computer?

    When you press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to open Windows Task Manager and then click Processes(tab), how many processes are running?

    It would help if you post a HijackThis log here.

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