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Windows 7: Does your icons refresh / flicker quickly on startup?

View Poll Results: Does your icons flicker / refresh quickly on boot?
Yes they do. 12 92.31%
No they don't. 1 7.69%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

08 Apr 2012   #21

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

By troubleshooting, Disabling one and testing the machine to see if the symptoms continue to appear. It may or may not even be related to startup programs.

It shouldn't even be a major concern for you. In fact this is a good thing, your desktop is being refresh and reloaded.

All you can do is decrease boot up time by disabling startup programs and defragging your hard drive.

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08 Apr 2012   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
By troubleshooting, Disabling one and testing the machine to see if the symptoms continue to appear. It may or may not even be related to startup programs.

It shouldn't even be a major concern for you. In fact this is a good thing, your desktop is being refresh and reloaded.

All you can do is increase boot up time by disabling startup programs and defragging your hard drive.
I tried disabling all the startup programs and the problem is still there. I don't need to defrag my system because I have a brand new SSD and it just had a fresh install of Windows 7 on it. Any more ideas? I really am annoyed by it. My other computers don't do it.
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09 Apr 2012   #23

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

Has this problem always happen?

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
Please follow this post, it will be a clean boot. You said you disable startup entries but did you disable services.

Have you done ANY tweaking or modifications that make changes to the system.
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09 Apr 2012   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
Has this problem always happen?

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
Please follow this post, it will be a clean boot. You said you disable startup entries but did you disable services.

Have you done ANY tweaking or modifications that make changes to the system.
It just happened now, yes. Well I've done some tweaks but only for SSDs like disabling indexing and the like, nothing concerning desktop refreshing that I know of.

I already tried performing a clean boot without all startup programs (but with services running) and the problem is still there.
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09 Apr 2012   #25

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

Having services continue to operate is not clean boot.
I don't see what there is to Fix, this happens on all computers. More noticable on some than others. I can't really help you because there this is not a unusual or uncommen thing.
I can suggest rebuilding cache for icons
Icon Cache - Rebuild

I can also suggest enabling Index to see if it changes.
Index Locations - Add or Remove

Make a new user profile does it also happen?
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11 Apr 2012   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
Having services continue to operate is not clean boot.
I don't see what there is to Fix, this happens on all computers. More noticable on some than others. I can't really help you because there this is not a unusual or uncommen thing.
I can suggest rebuilding cache for icons
Icon Cache - Rebuild

I can also suggest enabling Index to see if it changes.
Index Locations - Add or Remove

Make a new user profile does it also happen?
Well, it doesn't happen on my desktop computer which has the same set of softwares/services installed in it compared to my laptop which has this problem.

I already tried rebuilding cache for icons and same thing. It's just that why would the computer need to refresh the icons when they are shown properly before it does it? It just doesn't make any sense and seems to be annoying.

Which location do I need to add for Indexing?

Nope, made a new profile and it doesn't happen.
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15 Apr 2012   #27

WXP/Vista/Win7/Win8
 
 

Hi Kevin,

I noticed your posts on this issue over here and here besides your post above.

I hear you, and understand. fwiw my 7 installation does the same thing similarly, and you know it just might be normal...? although I don't like it either.

After seeing your replies to these other posts, and reading each OP reasons why posting about this issue in the first place, it reminded me that it bugs me too... and so I took a bit of time to see if I could make it better.

On mine this is what it does. After a reboot (not for a log off/on because that is fine and icons are solid throughout and do not refresh) ..but after a Reboot the desktop icons are there fine and solid right away, but, as it's finishing booting completely the desktop icons will 'quickly' refresh themselves in like a wave of the hand pattern, meaning it's not from the first to the last icon, but sort of randomly like a wave of the hand over them, but it's very quick; nevertheless I've always noticed it.

I booted to WXP and that does not do that at all, the icons come up straight away and are solid throughout boots completion.

For a test to see if I could get to the bottom of this, I restored my 7 C:\ partition back to near a fresh install state, and by golly yes it still does it there too and so that's why I think it 'may be' the way 7 is.

It doesn't matter if Aero is on or not, and doesn't matter if I uncheck Everything out of msconfig startup, it still does it. It's not too big of a deal, but sure I wish it didn't do it.

Now an interesting tidbit is that on 7 with IE8 if you're at any website, and you File> Send> Shortcut to Desktop of that website.. well that procedure happens just fine, but get this, on IE9 if you do that, as soon as the shortcut lands on the desktop, guess what, the desktop icons quickly refresh themselves! ...this bugs me more than the other I think. (sending a shortcut to desktop from Any item local is fine, it's just via IE9 it does it)

Yes the IconCache.db is fresh (using Brinks own Rebuild_Icon_Cache.bat)
Yes the icon cache is set...
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"Max Cached Icons"="4096"

I've tried dozens of things to resolve it, but it just may be normal; lets see I have only 24+ icons on the desktop, and also the desktop is set to view small icons, auto-arrange, and that's the way it's going to stay since I like it that way; however, to be thorough just testing with auto arrange unchecked, align to grid unchecked, sort by everything is unchecked, etc, it still does it ...so none of that matters...

Oh well, it's not a big deal, but sure I wish it did not do that little refresh dance at all, especailly that quirk on IE9 and a websites shortcut...

Edit:
Hey I wish the Poll on this Original Post was still active, I'd give it a Yes it Does for me too.
As you can see the Poll shows 12 to 1 that it does. I wonder if anyone else noticed also that if using 7 "IE9" that when at any Website, and you File> Send> Shortcut to Desktop of that website, if the desktop icons quickly refresh too?
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15 Apr 2012   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by endeavor View Post
Hi Kevin,

I noticed your posts on this issue over here and here besides your post above.

I hear you, and understand. fwiw my 7 installation does the same thing similarly, and you know it just might be normal...? although I don't like it either.

After seeing your replies to these other posts, and reading each OP reasons why posting about this issue in the first place, it reminded me that it bugs me too... and so I took a bit of time to see if I could make it better.

On mine this is what it does. After a reboot (not for a log off/on because that is fine and icons are solid throughout and do not refresh) ..but after a Reboot the desktop icons are there fine and solid right away, but, as it's finishing booting completely the desktop icons will 'quickly' refresh themselves in like a wave of the hand pattern, meaning it's not from the first to the last icon, but sort of randomly like a wave of the hand over them, but it's very quick; nevertheless I've always noticed it.

I booted to WXP and that does not do that at all, the icons come up straight away and are solid throughout boots completion.

For a test to see if I could get to the bottom of this, I restored my 7 C:\ partition back to near a fresh install state, and by golly yes it still does it there too and so that's why I think it 'may be' the way 7 is.

It doesn't matter if Aero is on or not, and doesn't matter if I uncheck Everything out of msconfig startup, it still does it. It's not too big of a deal, but sure I wish it didn't do it.

Now an interesting tidbit is that on 7 with IE8 if you're at any website, and you File> Send> Shortcut to Desktop of that website.. well that procedure happens just fine, but get this, on IE9 if you do that, as soon as the shortcut lands on the desktop, guess what, the desktop icons quickly refresh themselves! ...this bugs me more than the other I think. (sending a shortcut to desktop from Any item local is fine, it's just via IE9 it does it)

Yes the IconCache.db is fresh (using Brinks own Rebuild_Icon_Cache.bat)
Yes the icon cache is set...
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"Max Cached Icons"="4096"

I've tried dozens of things to resolve it, but it just may be normal; lets see I have only 24+ icons on the desktop, and also the desktop is set to view small icons, auto-arrange, and that's the way it's going to stay since I like it that way; however, to be thorough just testing with auto arrange unchecked, align to grid unchecked, sort by everything is unchecked, etc, it still does it ...so none of that matters...

Oh well, it's not a big deal, but sure I wish it did not do that little refresh dance at all, especailly that quirk on IE9 and a websites shortcut...

Edit:
Hey I wish the Poll on this Original Post was still active, I'd give it a Yes it Does for me too.
As you can see the Poll shows 12 to 1 that it does. I wonder if anyone else noticed also that if using 7 "IE9" that when at any Website, and you File> Send> Shortcut to Desktop of that website, if the desktop icons quickly refresh too?
So this means that this plague only affects Windows 7?
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16 Apr 2012   #29

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I rarely if almost never noticed them, they take less than half a split second. I do not know why they take longer on your desktops.
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16 Apr 2012   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
I rarely if almost never noticed them, they take less than half a split second. I do not know why they take longer on your desktops.
They don't actually take a longer, I never stated that The fact that they do that annoying "refresh" thing made me create this thread in the first place.
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