Desktop clutter--does it affect performance?

Early on I was told to keep the desktop as clear as possible from icons and files, to speed up system performance, but then read that there was no affect. Currently, wifey has well over 100 files and folders on her desktop. The computer (several years old) has gotten much slower in the past year or two. I'm wondering if the two are related. Are they? 


Will any icon/file slow the system down? How about just large files? 


I'm not talking about a slow startup, just general lagging throughout the day.

Paul MS Office 2010 Windows XP SP3

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Last updated November 5, 2018 Views 5,897 Applies to:

It is generally recommended to keep the desktop as clean as possible and not use up all the space in Windows partition.

Do two things

Use Disk Cleanup.

Use CCleaner to remove temporary files.

Use Disk Defragmenter

Some tips to speed up XP




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