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Remove The Windows Start Menu Display Delay

Did you know that, by default in Windows, there is a 400 ms delay between the time you press the Start Menu button and when the display process actually starts? You can easily remove this delay by making a simple registry entry change:

  1. Open Start | Run
  2. Enter: regedit 
  3. Click Ok. The Registry Editor will open.
  4. Browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Control Panel | Desktop 
  5. Double click on the entry “Menu Show Delay”
  6. Change the value to 0 to remove the delay
  7. Close the Registry Editor.

Now there will not be an imposed time on load of the Start Menu. This works for both XP and Vista, although I am not sure about 2000 (probably so though).