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How To Make Windows 10 Start Menu Load Quickly

Now that a lot of bugs have been ironed out of Windows 10, users have started putting more focus on customization and performance enhancement. A few days back, we covered the method to give the Windows 10 Start menu a new look, similar to its Windows 7 predecessor. While the Windows 7 look can work to your advantage aesthetically, it doesn’t solve all problems you might have related to the menu. One common complaint related to the Start menu is its tendency to take a considerable amount of time upon each launch. If you want to speed up the Windows 10 Start menu launch, there is a rather intuitive method for doing so.

As you might have guessed already, the culprit behind the Start menu’s slowness is mainly some excessive animation upon each launch. To disable this animation, and get some tangible improvement, users need to access a few settings buried deep inside the Control Panel. Here is how this can be done.

Windows 10 Start Menu Slow

Disabling Windows 10 Start Menu Animation

  1. You can go to the animation menu directly, but it might be difficult for some users. So, an easier way is to take the ‘Run’ menu route. This can be done by pressing the CTRL and ‘R’ keys simultaneously.
  2. In the Run prompt, type and enter the following command;
    sysdm.cpl
  3. Following the previous step brings up the System Properties dialog. This is where you have to make the changes to animations of different system areas. Hit the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  4. Under the ‘Performance’ section, click the ‘Settings’ button.
  5. From the 4 available radio buttons, hit ‘Custom’. This makes a plethora of new options available to be changed.
  6. Look for the entry named ‘Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing’ under the Custom tab and un-check it. This makes sure that whenever the Windows 10 Start menu in invoked, it shows up without any undue bells and whistles.
  7. Hit the ‘Apply’ button and exit the opened menu.

Although it is unlikely, your changes might not come into effect before you restart your system. If everything went as per plan, you should notice a considerable improvement in the loading time of the Start menu.