Speed Up Start Menu in Windows XP

Posted on January 8, 2009 by Daniel Petri in Windows Client OS with 0 Comments

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

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:


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


  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.