Hi, I have a very annoying problem in that when I select Start - All programs, the menu is very (very!) slow to load I get a grey box the same size as the menu as soon as I click on the button but it can take up to 20 seconds for the full menu to be displayed. Once loaded everything works fine unless I try to reload the menu again for whatever reason when it takes an age to load again. I can recall that there was a registry setting that can be amended to change the delay time in Windows ME which I used once but I have now upgraded to XP and I have no idea if this is still possible and if it is what the reg key would be. I would be very gratfull if anyone has any idea on how to speed up the menu's display time
In Windows ME the registry key is called MenuShowDelay. The value of mine is 400 milliseconds. I am not sure, but I think in XP you may be able to alter this from Control Panel. Check the registry. If the value is over 1000 = 1 second, it might be the cause of your problem.
First SCANDISK your DRIVE then DEFRAG, then check what is running at startup from Start\Run type MSCONFIG press enter look at the startup tab and remove as many programs that you can without removing AV and system folder
Besides settings (as mentioned above), whenever I hear of anything slowing down, the first things I think of are (a) delete .tmp files (c:\windows\temp\, and temporary internet files while you're at it) and (b) defrag. I recommend using Diskeeper (click here) since it won't restart every time it encounters an open file or program.
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