Speed Up The Windows Vista Start Menu

by Jon Davis 2. September 2007 01:27

I've been installing a lot of stuff on my new laptop, and I've found that trying to simply reach the shortcut to most of my stuff in the Start menu takes about twenty to thirty seconds--about five seconds per click. This was getting really rediculous. I did a Google search and found this ..


The solution was to change the properties for the start menu (right click the Start button, choose Properties, and with the Start Menu tab selected click the Customize button) so that "Highlight newly installed programs" is deselected.

I do actually like the highlights, but a) there's no real use for it when 95% of the gajillion things I've just installed ... has just been installed, and b) why on Earth doesn't Microsoft cache and optimize this stuff? We're talking about the Start menu here! The most visible part of Windows for ALL of its users!

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

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