Right-Click Shell Menu Lag

By Jaguarist
Jan 23, 2004
  1. Hello all. New member here, and after doing some reading and searching, I have a question that I cannot seem to find an answer for.

    I run WinXP Pro on a P4, 1.8MHz with 512DDR. My issue is that for the last couple of months, whenever I right-click in my file system program, the shell extensions menu takes almost 2 secs to appear.

    I've defragged to attempt to solve the issue, but no help there.

    Any ideas, or maybe a link to do some more research on this?

    Excellent forum, I wish I'd have found this place long ago!! ;)
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Download the XP Powertoys from MS (or just TweakUI by itself) and install TweakUi. It will be placed in your Control Panel. Double-click on it and click on the tab "General". Empty all the boxes there except "Beep on errors".
    Problem solved.

    Oops, I forgot my manners. Welcome to :grinthumb Techspot :grinthumb
  3. Jaguarist

    Jaguarist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Hi, and thanks for the Welcome, and for the idea. I'm off to do as you suggest, and I'll post back to report the results!

    Have a good day, there in the Land Of Blarney.... :rolleyes:
  4. Jaguarist

    Jaguarist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Tweak UI installed, and the General settings as you instructed, and not the right-click context menu does appear faster than before! It appears about a sec faster than before.

    I do believe we're on the right track here. Many thanks!!
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    In the same TweakUi, on the tab "Mouse", the first setting concerns the menu-speed. Bring the slider a bit to the left (Fast) and click OK, it will speed up the showing of the menus. Repeat until you like what you see.
  6. Jaguarist

    Jaguarist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Well, that got me down to only about 1 sec now until the menu appears. Not to mention all the other system menu speeds!

    I started looking around, and found another setting that I used which has been bothering me for a while now.

    At times, I would select a pop-up menu item, and before I could get my pointer over to it, it would disappear. I would have to move the pointer really fast to get to it.

    Well, I turned off the X-mouse feature within TweakUI, and it has solved the issue very well.

    Hey, I owe ya one. Buy a dark one on me, and send the bill !! :D
  7. Jaguarist

    Jaguarist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30


    Well, now you've gone and done it!! You've got me addicted to system tweaking programs!! ;)

    I thought I'd pass along one I just found a couple of hours ago, and I'm already VERY impressed with it. You may or may not have already heard of it, but in case you haven't, it's called X-Setup Pro, and can be had from Here .

    Like Tweak UI, it's a free program, but let me tell you, it has ALL the bells and whistles. Auto download of plugins, and all that. No affiliation, but just really impressed with the power.

    What do you think?
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    That is a well-known program, formerly from XTEQ who changed their name a while ago.
    I tried it about a year ago, but it totally screwed up my Win2000 Pro. Luckily I always make a Drive Image before I install anything new, so I was up and running again within 15 minutes.

    At one time I was tweak-mad too, but I am getting too old for all that playing around with settings.

    Anyway, glad you found what you wanted and that I could be of assistance.
  9. Jaguarist

    Jaguarist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Well, you talk about age, and here's my take on what you wrote:

    I've learned to take advice now, instead of just telling myself that it "Couldn't Happen To Me!!"

    Your experience was enough to have me un-install that program. I'll stick with one that seems to be well recommended. Thanks again!!
  10. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    Another tweak:

    If you want the start menu to pop up faster, open regedit.exe and look for the value:


    It will have a value of 400

    Change it to something lower, like 50 or 100 and the start menu will be faster.
  11. Jaguarist

    Jaguarist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Excellent! Thanks for the tip. :grinthumb
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