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Make Menus Load Faster In XP

I am not a fan of the delay that can occur between clicking the start menu and waiting for it to display.  Here is a quick Registry tweak that will allow for the start menu to display more quickly

Go to Start Run and type in regedit and click OK.

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Now in Registry Editor go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Control Panel Click on Desktop.

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This opens several values in the left pane, scroll down to MenuShowDisplay and double click.

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Change the Value data from the default 400 to zero and click ok.  Now just close out of the Registry Editor.

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You will notice a remarkable increase in the display of the start menu.  This can be done in Vista as well, although the steps are a bit different.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/25/08

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