Friday, 29 March 2013

What Happens When We Click Refresh??

Everyone uses REFRESH in Windows many times…. have you ever wondered what would this option actually do in the backend…. Lets learn about it today….

False Assumptions

Some people assumes that it refreshes the RAM, while some others believe that doing it will somehow keep their PCs running smooth and easy. I have seen users obsessed with refreshing the desktop, doing it every 30 seconds or so. They have even learnt the keyboard shortcut – F5 (just to mention, these are the people who never use keyboard shortcuts). They would press the key and hold it down for a long time, sending the desktop into a frenzy of refreshes.
People are under the false impression that doing so will increase the speed and performance of the system. This belief is passed to them from their computer gurus and they religiously follow what they have been told and it become part of their daily life just like chanting a mantra .

The Truth

Technically , if you press refresh , the system is taking few micro seconds out of its life to serve your idiotic request and if you right click and refresh continuously , the system will slow down a bit because of the extra hard disk read write cycles it has to perform.
Refreshing the desktop simply redraws the icons on the desktop. That’s it! It doesn’t refreshes the RAM. It doesn’t clean your PC. It doesn’t refreshes your computer the way it refreshes you when you wake up from a nap. Refreshing the desktop has absolutely no effect on the performance of the computer.
So be aware of what refresh option does for you and use it more productively….. instead of using it continuosly which would kill your CPU Cycles….