I think I have rather confused the issue by using an expression familiar to me for many years but it seems not to others. What I call the 'egg timer' is what you may know by variations of 'the activity hourglass' or the 'disk hourglass' or 'activity cursor'. The cursor turns into an 'egg timer' in certain circumstances, when there is (high) disk activity. It was established with XP, but I have just learned that it may not be common in Windows 10 --- except mine! I cannot supply a screen snip from my computer because I am totally unable to get Paste to work in this forum, something I have reported on more than once before (I know the procedure but it just dont work and never has!) However, I expect you can visualise the egg timer / hourglass with fine sand flowing from an upper to a lower chamber. Perhaps someone who can get Paste to work could provide us with an image?
Quote: "I remember the old hourglass timer from Windows XP but I have never seen it in Windows 10." That really surprises me, I have always associated it with Windows and assumed it was commonplace..
I understand there are two different circumstances, 1. the hourglass does not stop you working with Windows and programs, open / close, etc. and soon goes away 2. the hourglass does stop you from interacting with Windows and programs and lasts a long time, or does not go away at all, maybe not even via TaskManager. It is the latter, 2, I am suffering from.