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Starting a couple of days ago, Explorer (WinXP) resfreshes my desktop, it is taking between 8 and 20 seconds to refresh them all.  This normally takes just a second or two at the most.  I have abiout 100 icons on my screen.  Any ideas?
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Question by:Willbros
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by:meko72
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I would Make sure you dont have malware lurking somewhere. The I would use ccleaner and clean the system very well.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
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by:Randy Downs
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If you have files on your desktop you may be scanning with anti-virus. If you are on a domain you may be syncing up with the Users share.
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by:acpang
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Are you using an Active webpage background ?  Those backgrounds tend to refresh alot.  Use a plain background colour or picture
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by:Willbros
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I haven't tried CCleaner, but I regularly run 12Ghosts Wash and occasionally RegistryBooster 2.0 and do the Registry Defrag as well.

I haven't added any new files on my desktop, plus I am using both Avast and MalwareBytes and neither reported anything after running scans.  I've disabled both Avast and MalwareBytes and still have the long delay in refreshing all icons so I don't think that's the problem.

I use only a plain background color for my background.

I suppose I can try CCleaner.  Any other suggestions?
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by:sjklein42
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Check the system event log.  You may be getting disk errors or something like that.
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by:meko72
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Another thing that you can do is run Combo Fix. But I would also Try #121 on the left: "Increase Icon Cache" at http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

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by:Allan Martins
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Are any of these files shortcuts from networks paths? that could also cause the a performance loss to display. I don't it won't sound so pleasent, but you as a good way to maintain that, organize your icons in folders. A good idea is to put these folders on your Taskbar, so you can access the files at any time and they won't be spread out on your desktop:

Right click on your taskbar > Toolbars > Create New Toolbar

make a new folder (can be on your desktop) and put the files/shortcuts there.
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by:Willbros
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Tried CCLeaner and kellys-korner thing to no avail.  No issues in System Event log concerning harddrive errors.  Would like to get it to refresh as I have a lot of icons that I'd hate to bury in folders.
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Well, finally resolved this, but all I did was uninstall, then reinstall Avast.
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by:Willbros
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Uninstalling and re-installing Avast software cleared up the desktop refresh problem.  No idea why.
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