desktop icons slow to appear

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Sammy, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Sammy

    Sammy Guest

    When I boot up my PC the icons come on one after another,
    not all together like they used to. Might the process be
    slowed down by the recent utility software I installed? It
    just seems lazy.
    Thanks for any explanations offered.
    Sammy, Dec 21, 2005
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  2. Try and reinstalling your OS. On windows-based PC:s you have to do that
    once in a while
    Roger Jansson, Dec 21, 2005
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  3. Sammy

    Rob K Guest

    Reinstalling seems a bit drastic at this stage.

    I'd say the problem lies in the icon cache.

    Courtesy " ┬║Mike┬║":

    Copy/paste the following into notepad and save it as a .reg
    file. Once saved, merge it into your registry (right click /
    Merge). Reboot into Safe Mode and back into Normal mode. This
    will clear the current icon cache, and the .reg fix will give
    you a larger cache. Note, if you encounter similar problems
    after the .reg fix, you can substitute the "4096" with "8192",
    and re-merge the file. This will give you an even larger cache.

    ***** <-- omit this line

    "Max Cached Icons"="4096"

    ***** <-- omit this line
    Rob K, Dec 21, 2005
  4. Not really. I've a 6+ year old PIII sitting here on which I installed
    Win2K the day I got it. It's on 24/7, connected to cable internet round
    the clock, and has never once needed the OS reinstalled.
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Dec 21, 2005
  5. Sammy

    Unk Guest

    Unk, Dec 22, 2005
  6. Sammy

    Sammy Guest

    "MaxCachedIcons" is not in the file indicated to me. Where
    else might it be. Did a search.
    Running Windows ME.
    Sammy, Jan 3, 2006
  7. Sammy

    Trax Guest

    Trax, Jan 3, 2006
  8. Sammy

    ernie Guest

    Search for the Hidden file ShellIconCache. Dunno ME but to show hidden files try
    Start > Settings > Folder Options > View tab > Advanced settings > "Show all
    files". Deleting this file can correct similar problems, usually wrong icons
    being displayed and it will be recreated on a reboot.
    ernie, Jan 5, 2006
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