Originally posted by Blitze105
if u have alot of desktop items some ppl say that it slows ur computer why i dont know so dont ask lol but thats why i have very few... idk maybe im wrong sorry if so
This is because anything on your desktop is part of the active-desktop component, and therefore gets refreshed (examined) each time you "view" them. Unlike icons hidden in a folder that you only see (only get viewed) when you try to open the folder.
Think of your desktop as being one big folder that Windows has to open each time you close a maximized window.
Of course, having a rat-nest all over your desktop is not intended use of the desktop. If you're not organized, performance suffers. User error.