Windows 10: What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities?

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  1. Fafhrd Win User

    What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities?


    What does Microsoft call these?............................................................
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    :)
     
    Fafhrd, Apr 26, 2016
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  2. Windows 10 stuck at spinning dots

    so when I tried to boot up and power on Windows I am greeted by the hp logo and spinning dots, after a while the hp logo disappears and the spinning dots just stay there but however when the hp logo disappears the spinning dots spin at a lower frame
    rate and the screen gets brighter. It just stays like this and I don't know what to do I can't get the system to work
     
    angelohuang_982, Apr 26, 2016
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  3. windows 10 does not load, stuck at preparing automatic repair, ISO does not work just windows logo and spinning dots , any fix ?

    I have tried several times. I have changed the boot order in the bios and have gotten to boot from usb stick , but only get the windows logo and dots spinning in a circle. The iso does not do anything other than give the windows logo and keeps on with the
    spinning dots. Same with preparing automatic

    repair, I get the HP logo with preparing automatic repair and the spinning dots and it does nothing else does not go to diagnosing your pc. I have tried booting from dvd with ISO on it and get nothing but HP logo and spinning dots.
     
    nightrodder50, Apr 26, 2016
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  4. What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities?

    the loading symbol? I don't think that's something that would've been given symbolic meaning. Most likely the designer just thought it would be cool/appropriate and then didn't see the need to give it a name.

    What's the name for the resource file?
     
    FuturDreamz, Apr 26, 2016
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  5. This one I call the "blue circle of impatience".
    What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities? [​IMG]
     
    smartcooky, Apr 26, 2016
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  6. CountMike New Member
    Some call it "Tail chaser".
     
    CountMike, Apr 26, 2016
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  7. Edwin New Member
    Edwin, Apr 26, 2016
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  8. CountMike New Member

    What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities?

    I also call it "Annoying" when it temporarily stops and don't know if it crashed or not.
     
    CountMike, Apr 26, 2016
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  9. I just call it Microsoft files loading as mine only spins half a turn and then page loads to sign in with password
    The blue one I call loading web page again quick on my laptop
     
    hTconeM9user, Apr 26, 2016
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  10. Fafhrd Win User
    Thanks for all the responses, so far!

    I can't find the resource file definitively for any I've seen, like during setup for instance - I imagine they could be found with a Resource hacker app. Do resource hackers work for Modern Apps?

    The animated gif I posted I found with google - someone had reproduced what MS does, and named it with random characters.

    The blue circle - smartcooky's "blue circle of impatience" has been termed "the blue toilet bowl of death" I believe, in reverence of the ancient BSOD and "The Green ribbon of death" "progress bar" (because it bars progress I assume) that occurs when File Explorer has to check through a load of files before showing them.

    Edwin's "Throbber" seems official, but hardly apt, definitely not definitive, and somewhat suggestive *Redface

    I've seen "travelling dots" for the linear form which looks like traffic bunching on the M25 before the variable speed limit tamed it somewhat.

    However, there are several spinning dots gifs in windows, just a few here:

    User/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/AC/%23!001/MicrosoftEdge/Cache/FD2ZSXMF/progress[1].gif
    What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities? [​IMG]



    User/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/AC/%23!001/MicrosoftEdge/Cache/FD2ZSXMF/rsp-loading24x24[1].gif
    What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities? [​IMG]



    User/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.Windows.Spartan_cw5n1h2txyewy/AC/%23!001/Spartan/Cache/DXU85KU6/page-spinner[1].gif
    What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities? [​IMG]


    and so on.

    If there was a visual "Highway Code" for Windows, which named these animated symbols, we could unambiguously describe these loading/process/spinners/etc., without having to go through lugubrious descriptions of them, even better if we could right click on the image and send the resource reference to some note-taking app.

    I shall keep on waiting if you keep them coming. It was so much simpler with an hourglass cursor.
     
    Fafhrd, Apr 26, 2016
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  11. The middle one is what I get when my Toshiba laptop first kicks in but then only spins twice before the Microsoft one appears,
    Then half a turn (unless an upgrade or update,) before the lock screen appears along with the Wi-Fi app then click lock screen and enter password and 15 seconds after that I am at desktop ready to go.
     
    hTconeM9user, Apr 26, 2016
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  12. unb0b Win User
    I was trying to imagine what physical entity this might represent. Best I could come up with was frictionless falling balls on a möbius strip. Which is not quite right. But I like it anyway. FFBoaMS /fboʊmz/
     
    unb0b, Jan 16, 2018
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  13. What's the official name for spinning dots... and other curiosities?

    Actually the dots look a bit like something you'd see in a wheel bearing if you removed the race.
     
    legacy7955, Jan 16, 2018
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  14. KCR
    KCR Win User
    Yes, I've seen wheel bearings just as you describe, and, most often, the wheel and hub still contained the race. . . . lol

    I've been reading about these "objects" for a long time, and. . .
    I believe the "spinning dots" represent the actualization of a property, heretofor, considered impossible. . .

    . . . lol
     
  15. bordi Win User
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    Those beautiful circling/spinning dots, I waited almost 3 months to get them back *Smile
     
    bordi, Jan 16, 2018
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