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    Slow Start menu Registry Options

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    I guess MS knows best when it come to the speed of the display of menus. Like for example you can be hovering over an item in the Start Button menu, and for a while it would seem that you are going no where.

    Suddenly Windows wakes up and offers you the menu. I have no idea why MS decided that we need to wait, but I know that in Windows 2000 Pro, there is a registry key that will make the menus act faster by simply dropping the value of the wait time to Zero.

    Anyone knows what is that registry key, and where it will be?

    Thanks In Advance.

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    Re: Slow Start menu Registry Options

    In general in NT, 2K, XP you can go here in the registry to speed menus:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop In the right pane select, "MenuShowDelay". Right click, modify and set the value to 0.

    This point comes from David Karp's excellent XP Annoyances:

    By default there is ballparks of a half second delay between the time you mouseover a menu item and when it opens. If you reduce the reg string value, you get quicker menu opening. Since Windows 95 all menus "follow" the mouse to save clicks. But it takes a steady hand and we've all flinched away a menu or two--this gets worse with more sensitive mice. You can deal with this by increasing the MenuShowDelay value, and if you don't have it create it. Then the number you enter is the milliseconds Windows will wait before opening a menu. A zero (0) will eliminate it completely and it goes up to 65534.

    Tweak UI has a convenient menu speed slider, but you probably get more precise choice in the registry since Tweak UI is just using that slide as a gui mediator of course. As to the Start Menu, there are plenty of ways to speed that:

    Speed Start Menu MVPS.org
    Use the Registry to Speed Up Menu Display Tweak XP
    How can I speed-up the very s..l..o..w Start menu in Windows XP?
    Speed Up the Start Menu

    Woody has a little article in his book and says the best way to speed up fly out menus is to keep them trimmed--take things off of them. He must have been looking at my Quick Start with a Ripley's Believe it or Not Number of Items--they're there so I don't forget them--not that I use them all the time. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I generally take Woody's advice but here--it's like cleaning out a closet. You should but you just never know when...Woody has a good comprehensive section on reigning in the All Programs Menu and Submenus--maybe worth the price of his [i]new XP book.[/b] He recommends cascading the Start Menu to save time. Here it is in neat form from Wayne:

    Registry Tip #74: Windows NT/2000/XP Cascading Menus

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    Re: Slow Start menu Registry Options

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    Excellent response, and great links. I wonder are there equivalent Tweaking sites for Windows 2000 pro?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Slow Start menu Registry Options

    I haven't had direct experience with the Tweakers on a Win2K machine, and a large number of people here have, but although some fairly minor feature differences could be listed, and System Restore which is not that minor, for the purposes of most tweaks that would zero in on the registry, I would expect all the XP Tweakers to work fine for Win2K since WinXP is Win 2K with very little change.

    The reason I say this is that a high percentage of the reg hacks from major registry sites apply most of their reg edits to NT, 2K, and XP and always say so at the top. Tweak3d.net has a beta for example for Tweak UI 2K; I don't see an update, but if I had 2000 I wouldn't hesitate to use all the major XP Tweakers including the free Tweak UI. Winguides offers Tweak Manager Works with Windows XP, Me, 98, 95, NT and 2000. Given that Simon's site has more than 1000 tweaks built into it and all the manual tweaks can be applied to any NT kernel OS and many for 98 and ME ---I would expect there to be a rare tweak from any of these programs that wouldn't work for Win 2K Pro.

    Also, the excellent resource JSI Site associated with Penton and Win.net magazine has hundreds of Tweaks that apply both to Win 2K and Win XP--many made available when Win 2K was released. Those kinds of tweaks (mostly regedits) are the basis for all the tweakers.

    I would just do a search for XP Tweakers and feel confident they will work for your Win 2K Pro machines with no harm. I did a google on Win 2K Tweakers and Win 2K Tweaks and a corresponding one with XP and the same terms and came up with many actual tweakers when I searched for XP and many Tweak sites for both.

    I highly recommend the one from Winguides I linked above. It has a free trial and he constantly updates it several tweaks a week. A good free source of Tweaks (now over 600) that can be done with a few clicks that will edit the registry automatically and very reliably is Kelly's Tweaks Section Upper Right Button.

    hth,

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    Re: Slow Start menu Registry Options

    Wassim, Here's a couple of MS utilities that tweak systems. Most of them should work on Win2k: Tweakomatic and Scriptomatic. Then there is also the well known X-setup Pro (the latest incarnation of X-setup). Note: this is a beta version of X-setup but seems stable on my XP Pro system.

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