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    General setup (xp)

    I'm new to XP, recently upgrading.
    I like the look but need to alter the feel.

    With my old win98, when clicking on the start button or even a folder, the menu or folder opens very crisp and quick.

    With my new XP, on clicking the start etc, the menu's open like a ghost effect, can I alter my setting so they open crisp

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    Re: General setup (xp)

    Sinjin replied to a similar post awhile back. Here is what he said, [b]" You can reduce the time that the Start menu takes to display its submenus. Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop subkey and set the MenuShowDelay value to something less than the default 400. You can set it to zero if you like.
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    Re: General setup (xp)

    Windows XP is highly adjustable. Answering your question, you can set Start menu acting like one in Windows 98. To do this:

    1. Press Windows key and Pause/Break key on your keyboard simultaneously. System Properties window will appear.
    2. On System Properties, click Advanced tab.
    3. Click Settings button under "Performance".
    4. On Performance Options, click Visual Effects tab (if not already opened).
    5. Click "Adjust for best performance" radio button or, if you wish, you can check/uncheck any options from "Custom" list.
    6. Click Apply, OK, OK.

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    Re: General setup (xp)

    Kaplinb,

    I was interested in you so I experimented with it. I am looking for confirmation on what I think I found. If you click and apply the [b]
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    Re: General setup (xp)

    <blockquote><hr>If you click and apply the
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    Re: General setup (xp)

    Mark,

    Thanks, I thought that was happening.
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    Re: General setup (xp)

    Subject for further investigation: I believe you can turn off "themes" in administrative services, right? So I wonder (not having xp in front of me at the moment) what the performance difference between everything unchecked as above, and turning off themes in services.

    Ahh, the distractions of endless tweaking.....

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    Re: General setup (xp)

    Dave--

    Three things/places come to mind that can impact the speed/appearance of the menus, and I imagine there are regedits. I have mine opening crisply--so I don't want to change them but I probably will to see what happens.

    1) Rt. click Start>Customize>Advanced>Put checkmark in "Open submenus when I pause on them with my mouse."
    2) Rt. click desktop>Display Properties dialogue box>Appearances tab>Effects button>At top:
    Use the following transition effects for menus and tooltips: Try scroll effect instead of fade effect. This is also where the "clear type" for fonts is.
    3) If you use Power Toys: Tweak UI for Windows XP--you can tweak the speed at which cascading menus open,and also the speed at which mouse hovering will bring up windows:
    Toys R XP from Tech TV's Screen Savers.

    Also if you are new to XP, check out:
    Doug Knox's XP site
    Annoyances.org
    Kelly Theriot's Site

    Windows XP Tips
    Note: "Disabling Sliding and Fading Things" on the Right
    Jim Eschelman's Site

    Donny Broome's Site and XP Links

    Extreme Tech's Windows XP Superguide

    <A target="_blank" HREF="http://cgi.techtv.com/search?query_text=Windows+XP

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