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Windows 7: Saving as/Opening file, cannot see desktop

26 Jun 2015   #1
cdiddy4224

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 
Saving as/Opening file, cannot see desktop

This is a bit odd and our IT people cannot figure it out, so I turn to you for help.

Whenever I save a file to the desktop, whether its in Word, Excel, etc my save window does not see any folders or files on the desktop. I click on Save as, window dialog box opens, and on the left side of the window I click on Desktop and nothing loads. It literally takes about 4-5 minutes for the icons to populate. It doesn't matter which program I'm using. Its frustrating having to wait several minutes before being able to save to the desktop.

Anyone have any ideas?


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26 Jun 2015   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

How many objects are on the Desktop? Do you have any Desktop icon manipulation software like Fences running? How much free space is on the system partition?
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26 Jun 2015   #3
cdiddy4224

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

I have about 10 folders and 20 icons, nothing insane.

I did change a folder icon, using stock photos from windows.

I have 232gb free on my main partition out of 300gb
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26 Jun 2015   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

And you aren't running a desktop manipulator like some automatic icon hide or anything?

If so I would start with these 2 and see if there is any change:

Icon Cache Size - Change in Windows

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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26 Jun 2015   #5
cdiddy4224

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Neither of the suggested fixes worked. Still getting major lag
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26 Jun 2015   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Try testing with a new user account/profile - perhaps enabling/using the Guest user account for that test. If it does not happen while logged in as Guest, then go back to your normal user account and move every object (folders/shortcuts) to a temporary folder that is not on the desktop. If that cures the issue, then put the objects back on the desktop a few at a time until you find the offending object(s).
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26 Jun 2015   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Clutching at straws a bit but are you running Aero? If yes try switching it off? What desktop theme are you using if not Aero?
EDIT Sorry crossed with UsernameIssues
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26 Jun 2015   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

The only other thing that occurs to me is the hidden file desktop.ini may be messed up. If you change folder view options to turn off Hide Protected System Files it should show up on the desktop. Load it into notepad and post the text so we can see if it is weird.
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26 Jun 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
... desktop.ini may be messed up....
I would suspect this too.

I would also suspect some software that hooks to explorer/context menu.

See if Safe Mode is ok, and then try a clean startup if above recommendations fail - Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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26 Jun 2015   #10
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Give this a try, it's worked for me (so far): Slow Explorer progress bar on large folder
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