How can I speed up loading of the Control Panel in Windows XP?

Phillip Cox January 12, 2011

When I double click CP (Editor’s guess: Control Panel), I have to wait for it to open for several seconds whilst watching a waving torch. How can I repair? I have cleaned, de-malwared, de-virused, defragged etc. This is in Windows XP with plenty of everything.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Turning off indexing might help. Here is how:
    Start >>Control Panel>>Double-click Add/Remove Programs>>Click Add/Remove Windows Components>>Uncheck Indexing Services>>Click Next>>click Finish

  2. Tina
    January 17, 2011 at 3:21 am


    did you try ha14's suggestion and did it work? Please let us know what it did for you. If you found the answer helpful, please 'Like' it. Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    January 13, 2011 at 7:42 am


    this reg file will automatically set values and allows you to open control panel in vista and xp system.

    some tools of this site can also help you with your XP

    • Phil4cox
      January 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks for your interest, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, I couldn't change anything, so am still at square one! However, I found an alternative solution which I recommend you look at: This avoids the problem in a very neat way, and is a joy to use.

      • Anonymous
        January 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

        Sure another start menu is an alternative. There are some others also but they should be for xp also

        Tidy Start Menu


        In order to figure out which Control Panel item is the one causing problems, follow these steps.

        1.Navigate to “c:/Windows/System32/” (or whatever drive letter contains your Operating System)
        2.Sort the column by “type”
        3.Scroll down to the items that show “.cpl” extensions (you may have to enable the viewing of extensions) or look under the Type column for “Control Panel Item”
        4.Now you start a manual process of double clicking on each control panel item. There are then 2 options:
        1.If the Item opens properly, that Item is ok
        2.If you encounter an error when opening one, that is the Item in question
        5.Once you have identified the item that is crashing, you can do a series of things:
        1.Google the full name of the Item and figure out what it does. Then think back to see if you recently installed something that may use it. You may have to either uninstall what you had installed or find a new item to install on top of it.
        2.Rename it (e.g., I added a “.bak” extension to it)
        3.Delete or move it (only do this if you know what the Item is and if you plan on replacing it somehow)
        6.Once you delete, rename or replace the item, try opening up the Control Panel again. If it still crashes, you may have another item or some other type of problem. If the Control Panel opens successfully, you are good to go.