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Speed Up Start Menu in Windows XP

Daniel Petri

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How can I speed-up the very s..l..o..w Start menu in Windows XP?

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The Start Menu can be leisurely when it decides to appear, but you can speed things along by changing it’s settings from the Registry:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

  2. Locate the following key in the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop/

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  1. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:

    "MenuShowDelay"=0

  2. Close the registry editor.

Another easy way to speed up the display of the Start Menu Items is to turn off the menu shadow:

  1. Right click on an open area of the Desktop.

  2. Select Properties.

  3. Click on the Appearance tab.

  4. Click on the Effects button.

  5. Uncheck Show shadows under menus.

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