All Programs --> SLOW Help!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by npfanz, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. npfanz

    npfanz Guest

    I'm running xp on an athlon 2000+ with 512mb ram. Yet lately, whenever I click start>all programs, the box that all the programs would be in pops up and the actual list of programs itself takes more than 5 seconds to appear (I would guess around 10 seconds). Then if I do it again the list is there right away. This only happens if I haven't selected all programs lately, or right after a reboot, but I am 100% sure this should not be happening.

    Does anyone know why my computer refuses to keep that list of programs accessible enough to display it in a timely manner? I don't remember this happening until a few weeks ago when I installed style xp and changed my visual style, but I know of so many people who do that and I haven't heard of this problem before. I have around 50-60 items that come up in all programs, but I used to have that many in my prehistoric laptop running ME, so that can't be the cause of my problem. Is there a tweak that might get around this problem if no one knows whats going on outright??

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Qumahlin

    Qumahlin Moderator

    Have you tried changing the menu show delay using a tweak program like tweakxp or such? that can decrese the time it takes. I have noticed that on some reboots my first look at the all programs menu takes a moment, but I just write it off since it only happens the first time

    if you can't find how to change the menu show delay just write back as I am at work and can't post the info exactly how at the moment.
  3. you might try disabling the paging executive, it helped on my systems
  4. npfanz

    npfanz Guest

    I just downloaded tweak-xp but can't find how to change the menu delay. I've only had a few minutes to work with it though, I have to get to class. I'll spend some more time with it later.

    How do I disable (or what is) paging executive? I haven't heard of that before...

    Thanks guys!
  5. npfanz

    npfanz Guest

    I haven't rebooted since this morning, but I just finished playing counterstrike for half an hour. When I went to start>allprograms, it took (and I counted) 17 seconds for the list to be populated. Something has to be wrong, this should not be happening...
  6. morpheus2k

    morpheus2k Guest

    You aren't using PC-cillin, are you?

    I had the exacy same thing happening, OE took 32 seconds according to the timer to load up, and other things could take even longer.

    Basically, in trying to still be safe, but not get the common "localhost" error that PC-cillin and OE between themselves conjure up, I turned off POP3Trap, but instead had the sytem check EVERY file, little realizing what this could do to system performance. Once I realized it, and set it back to only check specific files, the system started running just fine.

    If you aren't running PC-cillin, you might think about other programs that might behave in the same sort of way, and try disabling it...

    Good Luck,

    BMWCHUBB Guest


    I am having the same prob as np fanz ,SINCE INSTALLING STYLE XP,i get about 5 seconds delay before iam able to start anything???:(
  8. npfanz

    npfanz Guest

    This just started happening to me in the past 3 days or so. I am fairly sure it has something to do with style xp, but the style used rather than the program itself. I realized that I have also been unable to right click on anything in my start menu. When I would right click the start menu would just flicker but nothing would happen. I finally gave in and used a restore point from last weekend, and everything seems to be fine now. The only major change I made to my system between then and now was the visual style i was using, but just changing my style back to one that worked properly didn't help. System restore has seemed to work, so I think the style I tried to use made some major changes, needless to say I'll be deleting it.

    BMWCHUBB - My best suggestion would be to use system restore back to when it worked fine. If you are going to install style xp, then first try it with one of the styles that is bundled with the program. A LOT of the styles that you'll get at are incomplete betas and that may be a cause of the problem.

    Good luck

    BMWCHUBB Guest



    CHEERS :D :!!!!
  10. npfanz

    npfanz Guest

    Good, I'm glad to hear everything is working for you as well.