If your Desktop icons are slow to load in Windows 11/10/8/7, then these suggestions will help you fix the slow startup and boot problems. This could result because of the presence of many startup programs, a corrupted User Profile or Icon Cache file, etc.
Windows desktop takes a long time to load after login
If your Windows 11/10 desktop takes a long time to load icons after login, here are some suggestions to help you:
- Manage Startup programs
- User profile corruption
- Icon Cache file may be corrupted
- Remove pre-installed Crapware
- Update the Display driver
- Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State
Let us look at them in detail.
Desktop icons slow to load in Windows 11/10
1] Manage Startup programs
In Windows 11/10, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager and switch to the Startup tab. Here you can disable the startup programs which may be making your Desktop slow to load.
Read: Tips to to improve Windows 11 performance.
2] User profile corruption
Maybe your User profile has been corrupted. Log in as some other user and see.
3] Icon Cache file may be corrupted
It is quite possible that your Icon Cache file may be corrupted. Run our Thumbnail & icon cache rebuilder for Windows 10. If it works the first time and then on subsequent restarts, your problem re-appears, rebuild the Icon Cache manually and see if that helps.
If these Hidden files exist, delete them too:
Read: Tips to optimize Windows for better performance
4] Remove pre-installed Crapware
Read: How to to tune-up Windows.
5] Update the Display driver
Update the Graphics driver and see if that helps.
6] Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State
Perform a Clean Boot and see if the problem continues. You need to identify what could be causing your problem – and Clean Boot State is the best way to go. When you start the computer in clean boot, the computer starts by using a pre-selected minimal set of drivers and startup programs, and because the computer starts with a minimal set of drivers, some programs may not work as you expected.
Clean-Boot troubleshooting is designed to isolate a performance problem. To perform clean-boot troubleshooting, you must take a number of actions, and then restart the computer after each action. You may need to manually disable one item after another to try and pinpoint the one that is causing the problem. Once you have identified the offender, you can consider removing or disabling it.
This post has some tips on how you can make Windows Start, Run, Shutdown faster.
I hope something helps.