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    Menu / selected item delay (xp sp2)

    Running xp sp2 on Intel 2.8 P4, 120g sata drive, 1g memory hard disk around 25% of capacity - have noticed a delay in the time it takes for a action to happen as in selecting start / all programs the background of the programs appears instantly but is blank after 2-5 seconds the menu items appear. Additionally, selecting a link in outlook 2003 emails appears as a delay of 10/25 seconds before anythink happens. Any ideas what may have brought these annoying delays to happen would be appreciated.
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    Re: Menu / selected item delay (xp sp2)

    The speed with which cascading menus open can be set. The easiest way is by using TweakUI Xp, a free download from Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP. You can set the menu speed in the Mouse section.

    Realtime protection of your PC (anti-virus, anti-spyware etc.) can slow down Windows. My PC reacts noticeably slower since I installed Microsoft Anti Spyware Beta. But, on the other hand, malware can slow down your system much more, so it's a price I'm willing to pay.

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    Re: Menu / selected item delay (xp sp2)

    Wow, I don't mean to be discouraging, but these kinds of things can be almost impossible to track down. Assuming a running and up to date AV program, if you haven't run AdAware or Spybot or some such LATELY, you should do so. Check your MSCONFIG Startup tab to make sure something you've installed or upgraded lately hasn't added some background task you're not aware of. Be sure to check Folder Options, View to make sure somehow the "Automatically search for network... " hasn't gotten a checkmark in it.

    I had a sudden and drastic slowdown Sunday evening which persisted into yesterday morning. After doing all of the above and not finding anything except a few tracking cookies, I accidently stumbled on the fact that my scheduled overnight defrag had somehow failed on its last run. I did a CHKDSK /F on all partitions and ran the defrag job manually and "miraculously" my computer is now running at its normal speed. Who know what evil lurks...

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    Re: Menu / selected item delay (xp sp2)

    Is this a sudden change, or gradual? (Or a new system?)

    You could run TaskManager - sorted on CPU - and see if anything unexpected starts working harder when you open an application. Otherwise, do you have Journalling selected in Outlook? Are you running Indexing?

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