My question is about how much of my system resources, if any, would I get back from deleting all my desktop icons and going to a plain generic wallpaper?
I have a pretty fast system already (Dell P4, 1.7G 256M RAM, GeForce 3 DDR w/64M). I don't use a screen saver and I have disabled Active Desktop. I use EndItAll and Rambooster as well.
My performance seems to be preety good, but I'm always looking for ways to squeeze the last bit of resource blood out of my system before starting FS. A bit of an obsession I admit, but it comes from the days from trying to get my old Cyrix P133 to run FS98. I used to have to make a circle of severed chicken heads around my computer just to squeeze out 7 FPS!
I'm joking of course. It was more like 5FPS.