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Does the number of desktop files affect performance

By jalexander ·
Does the number of desktop files affect performance like 20 gig worth?

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Yes and no

by Slayer_ In reply to Does the number of deskto ...

The number of files on your desktop does, the size does not.
Shortcuts actually cause bigger performance drops than the actual file, just because then Windows must read the shortcut link, move the heads of the drive to the real file, read the file, determine the icon, then display the icon on the shortcut.

Actually, the number of files in the Documents And Settings folder in XP will slow down bootup time.

A good way to help prevent this is to move your temporary internet files to somewhere else such as off the root of the C drive in a folder.

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Right

by Mohammad Oweis In reply to Yes and no

The size does not matter. but having a lot of shortcuts in your desktop will definitely affect the performance and increase boot time.
And having many files in the desktop will also affect the performance.

Just try to make a refresh on an empty desktop and on a fully loaded one, and see the difference.

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by shasca In reply to Does the number of deskto ...

Active desktop with a large file as your background can slow things down.

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Depends on how many not the size of the actual files

by OH Smeg In reply to Does the number of deskto ...

Typically Desktop Shortcuts on XP make use of the 16 Bit Register and if you fill that up the system reverts tot he second 16 Bit Register which can cause performance issues.

Col

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16 bit register?

by Slayer_ In reply to Depends on how many not t ...

You got me curious, can you elaborate on this?

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That is something from years ago

by OH Smeg In reply to 16 bit register?

Now I have to remember everything. :^0

I'll have to dig through the old Tech Net articles for a definitive explanation but I remember that Windows XP stores Desktop Shortcuts as 16 Bit Files to save room for the real processes.

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