Start menu takes ages to load, WinXP

psychobobas February 1, 2010
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At times my start menu can take 30s to open, blocking the whole computer.

Menu is not trashed with items and it’s not a question of a setting in the registry. I haven’t reinstalled my Win since about 3 years.

Is there a way of fixing that other than reinstalling? Best wishes

  1. Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 at 6:41 am

    dear psychobobas:
    Administrator rights required...
    1) Go to Start > Run> type without the quotes: "msconfig" --- press enter
    2) Go to the Startup Tab --> click Disable all
    3) then only choose your AntiVirus , Firewall , or other very necessary app. you need
    4) Click Apply > OK ---> Restart ! after rebooting uncheck the dialog box that appears giving you warning about disabled startup programs.
    5) Now go to Start > Run > type without the quotes: "services.msc"
    6) Disable unwanted autostart services. -- search google for more description about the service you need or are about to disable.
    7) Now run CCleaner... then the Built-in Registry cleaner in CCleaner.
    8) run the reg.cleaner at least 3 times...
    9) after doing above you will 90% have improved performance....
    Good Luck! enjoy tweaking...

  2. Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Either too many items in your Start Menu or you have insufficient RAM. Time to do cleanup or upgrade your hardware.

  3. Canuck
    February 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    You probably have too many programs in the 'startup', this eats up the RAM (memory) and can slow you right down. Most items in Startup do not need to be there, keep mainly an anti-virus program, firewall, mouse pad (if using a laptop) and a very few others. Download and install Ccleaner at and run it in its default settings (do not use the included or any registry cleaner for that matter as they can cause more problems than it's worth, unless of course you're very knowledgeable). Also include with Ccleaner 'under 'tools' is a Startup tool, click on it and go through the list and Disable those you don't want. You may want to do a google search to see what each entry is, ones that are update checkers can be turned off, you just need to check every now and then with the program manufacturer for up dates.