The 10-Second Fix for Sluggish Start Menus in Windows 10

Bryan Clark 19-10-2015

The visual effects in Windows 10 give everything a modern touch, but what you might not realize is that these animation effects can impact system performance.


If Windows 10 seems sluggish, the animations in the Start Menu are the first place you should look. Here’s how to turn those animations off:

Settings > Ease of Access > Other Options > Play animations in Windows


Turning this off speeds up the Start Menu significantly. The bad part is, you can’t turn them off for just the Start Menu, so you’re actually turning them off system-wide. That probably isn’t an issue if you’re all about function over form, but for everyone else, it’s worth mentioning.

Of course, you could just upgrade your machine’s RAM and/or graphics card, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, this is it.


Is your Start Menu sluggish in Windows 10? Are there any other features you’ve had to turn off? Let us know in the comments below.

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Related topics: Start Menu, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Disabling Cortana breaks the search function completely for me. I don't know if it's part of her core functions or something, but the moment I disabled Cortana, I couldn't perform any kind of search from the start menu.

  2. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I've seen Windows Search break on Windows 10 with somewhat astonishing regularity. I can't remember Windows Search completely stop returning results on pre-Windows 10, but it's downright common now.

    To fix it, open Powershell and run this cmdlet:

    Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    Which basically reinstalls Cortana.

    Disabling Cortana doesn't make the problem better or worse.