Wow, that's interesting. Similar to my early day Win98SE system Desktop, except I didn't have actual folders on the desktop.
Nowadays, I have 1-3 rows at 1920x resolution. And no folders at all. Any folder icons are shortcuts.
Keeping caches cleaned, and having a limited number of shortcuts on the desktop is a wise move for faster booting purposes.
Personally I also do not keep any actual folders on the desktop, only shortcuts to those folders that are located in My Documents or Documents.
Edited by LilBambi, 10 May 2012 - 06:38 PM.
added in faster that I accidentally left out