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Windows 7: Icons in menus and folders load/display slowly

30 Aug 2010   #1
Zathras

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Icons in menus and folders load/display slowly

I'm running a reasonably potent system with Win7 x64, and it seems kind of sluggish at loading & handling icons. For example, after a fresh reboot, if I open the Start menu (or whatever it's called in 7) and click on All Programs, I can hear the hard drive being accessed and the icons sort of fill in down the list of programs. Same thing when I navigate folders, often I can see the icons sequentially being loaded as the page is displayed. I don't remember this much delay in icons being loaded and drawn as I navigated XP.

It seems to me that with 4 gigs of ram, that ought to be more than enough for most icons (at least the common ones that are part of Win7) should be loaded into RAM at bootup, so that all icons would be displayed instantly when you open a page or folder. It really looks kind of primitive to see the icons populate.

I've already tried increasing the Icon Cache Size/Max Cached icons via the registry, but I can't really tell a difference.

Does anyone else see this pokey icon drawing behavior in Win7 or am I crazy?


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30 Aug 2010   #2
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

What all do you have loading at startup?
Check msconfig and see what's going on under startup. IMO
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31 Aug 2010   #3
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Probably not related but with Microsoft Security Essentials installed, this is one of the symptoms for me.
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31 Aug 2010   #4
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

I have this slow icon loading and do believe it is related to MSE.
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31 Aug 2010   #5
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nosmo View Post
I have this slow icon loading and do believe it is related to MSE.
We're not the only ones. Wilders has quite a few members who have reported the same
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31 Aug 2010   #6
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Here is all I have at startup
Icons in menus and folders load/display slowly-startup1.png

and have had NO problems with MSE


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02 Sep 2010   #7
Zathras

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies. I have very few startup apps or third party processes: AVG Free antivirus v9, the dumb Adobe speedlauncher that you can't easily get rid of, and the Java updater process that won't turn off. Everything else is just standard Windows processes. Also, I'm not using MSE. Maybe I should try temporarily disabling AVG and see if this changes.

On my other, substantially older PC running XP, there is no detectible delay in loading or displaying icons in menus and such.

Maybe I'll make a short video of this using FRAPS or some other utility. It's not a huge problem, but it's something that seems klunky for a modern OS.
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02 Sep 2010   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Does it persist for the whole time the PC is up, or does it go away after some time and things are snappy?
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02 Sep 2010   #9
Zathras

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
Does it persist for the whole time the PC is up, or does it go away after some time and things are snappy?
It only happens the first time the folder or menu item is accessed. After that, the icon data seems to be in memory and it displays immediately (until the next reboot).

Below is a link to video of what I'm talking about: at 0:07, when I click on the Accessories folder in the start menu, you can see the icons being loaded and drawn in from top to bottom. It only takes a half second, but it's still a visual annoyance. Most people probably wouldn't care. IMHO those icons (which are default Windows system icons) should be preloaded into memory at boot, but it seems they are loaded from the hard drive on an "on demand" basis.

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03 Sep 2010   #10
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I wonder if you simply have icon cache problems - have you tweaked the install at all? I know there are tools out there to rebuild the icon cache, and reg keys to increase it's size, but if it happens on every reboot that would seem to indicate perhaps icon cache problems?
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