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W7 taskbar>toolbar>'desktop' extremely slow

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Awesome, will give it a try. Though my OCD will probably keep gnawing away inside me, taunting me that I 'gave in' and didn't find the problem. Oh well, maybe one day it'll just work.

That would probably just drive me crazy // this line is for the computer gods, in an attempt to use reverse psychology
// because we all know computer gods can't read comments :)

I dont use it myself but think Launchbar Commander from mouser here (donationcoder) does the same thing as the other suggestions.

Re Windows 7 64 bit, I guess if I tell you that adding a folder as toolbar on the taskbar works perfectly here, I'll only be rubbing salt in the wounds...


It is my theory that Explorer is testing each icon's program's address, before displaying the desktop (in the toolbar in question). When I moved all third-party icons and only kept the system-made such, my toolbar became lightening fast (of course, it had almost nothing to do). But the difference in speed reminded me so much of the difference between launching Add/Remove with only 5 programs installed, and launching Add/Remove when 500 programs are installed => same-same.

I no longer use the taskbar toolbar, but I managed to find it for this occasion:

Danish titles, etc., (Skrivebord is desktop):

Loading time: too short to calculate.  :)
   now I will put it away again.

Another possibility:

It is my experience that it only gets slow when the harddrive(s) goes to sleep.

My powersaving options let my harddrives go to sleep if they aren't accessed for a few hours.

The delay for the toolbar pop up appears to be the 15-20 seconds it takes for the harddrive to wind-up again.  If you catch it around the 20 second period, you can actually see it re-reading each individual thumbnail from the drive, as if it is scanning individual executables for their icons.  I don't see any caching occurring except what it pulls into active memory.

I haven't tested it yet, but it may actually need to wake up each individual drive that any menu shortcuts are pointing to.  Once I can read one toolbar menu, the others only have a 1-2 second delay.  After that, they all respond in less than a second.

Seems like this would be a major oversight for any OS GUI, but then again Windows has proven they don't design things for continued usage.  They still don't have a simple icon for "Upgrade your harddrive".


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