How to stop icon refresh on startup?

By Shifat ยท 6 replies
Dec 4, 2009
  1. Hey everyone, does anybody know how to stop that annoying icon refresh on windows startup?

    It's when my desktop finally shows when I turn on my pc, my icons will turn into those "white paper" generic icons and then load back into the normal icons.

    I'm on windows 7 Home 64-bit. When I was on Vista my desktop wouldn't ever refresh the desktop icons like that on startup.

    Anyone know how to disable that?

    Any help appreciated. Thanks
  2. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 315

    Check your taskbar and see what iitem is loaded as it refreshes or which item is next one to appear. It could be items that you have opening at startup (like Live messenger or a personal Desktop background picture).

    Have you Defragmented since you upgraded or was it a clean install?
    How much Memory do you have?
  3. Shifat

    Shifat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    well the only things i have running on startup is ati CCC, virtual clone drive and avg anitivirus.
    I did defrag after an UPGRADE from vista Home Premium x64 and I also have 8 gigs of ram, i think its something else. Maybe some sort of setting?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I personally think its AVG. If you are using the free version uninstall it, and then run the removal tool:
    And then consider using Free Avira instead: (of which I use)

    But I was also reading this Topic: Windows 7 - Recycle Bin - Fix For Custom Icons Not Refreshing
    Which was interesting about adding a comma zero ( ,0 ) at the end of the string in registry
    But the last post also stated to use a custom wallpaper (but something not too large in kilobytes though)

    Anyway, it might help :)
  5. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 315

    Now you mention AVG I have actually observed that behaviour with AVG on Systems I have worked on. Although it is an excellent Product it does slow your system down as it performs a quite a few realtime checks and I have known it to refresh Icons as it loads the various components.

    If you have paid a subscription we would not suggest that you waste it, you could view all the advanced configuration options and disable some of the components that startup and run, the Antivirus, Firewall and Antispyware components are the only thre that you realy need.

    But as suggested Avira Antivir is probably the best, I have always used it and find it has never had a negative impact on any of my systems.

    If none of this works! I recall comming across a tuneup tool that had a setting to stop icons refreshing but i will have to go through my archives to check as i dont remember which one it was.
  6. Shifat

    Shifat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Thank you guys so much! Turns out it was AVG. I started using AVG Free right after upgrading to Win7. Before upgrading I was using Kaspersky which didn't make the icons refresh like that.

    Once again, thanks guys!
  7. JessicaD

    JessicaD TS Rookie Posts: 17


    What applications do you have loading on start-up? It is not common to have an "icon refresh" on start-up.

    For further assistance and feedback, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

    Microsoft Windows Client Team

    Mod Note: It is kind of bush league to come to our forums and post links to another forum, especially when the user already had his problem solved here.
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