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My Desktop Icons are Constantly Refreshing


If your having problems with Desktop icons (or the icons in Control Panel) constantly refreshing themselves, you need to increase the cache size for your icons:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \explorer
  3. Right-click an empty space in the right pane
  4. Select New > String Value
  5. Name the new value Max Cached Icons
  6. Double-click on the Max Cached Icons string and enter a value of 2000 (The Max Cached Icons value data range is between 100 and 2000. The default value is 500)
  7. Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows

P.S. it could take up to 3 restarts before this fix "takes".