Computer Slows When You Click Multiple Icons in Windows XP

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SYMPTOMS

When you drag the pointer to select multiple file icons, the computer may slow down or become erratic.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if you have enabled the Show translucent selection rectangle option. Alpha blending causes a noticeable performance decrease on many computers.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, disable the Show translucent selection rectangle option:
  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
  3. On the Visual Effects tab, clear the Show translucent selection rectangle option.
  4. Click OK twice.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

MORE INFORMATION

For help with system performance issues in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft web page:
Problems with overall system speed and system performance

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Article ID: 294770 - Last Review: January 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows Advanced Server, Limited Edition
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