I'm having a peculiar problem that I've never encountered before. I have found a workaround described below.

The Problem
I'm using AutoHotkey to open programs. When using XP or 7, the programs open instantly. However, when running on my Windows 8 laptop. It will take six plus seconds to open the programs the first time.

The Workaround
If I add a shortcut to the desktop to that particular program, it will then open instantly the first time when using AutoHotkey.

Can anyone tell me why this is happening? Curious minds want to know.