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Windows 7: Window 7 Start menu and Toolbars opening delay.

10 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Window 7 Start menu and Toolbars opening delay.

Been running Windows 7 Pro for a while now and started having a problem. I am not using Aero. When I mouse over and click the Start Button, or Quick Launch Tool Bar, or another tool bar I have on my taskbar sometimes my Computer seems to freeze and it takes a few seconds (usually 8-10) for the menu to become visible. Additionally any nested menus I have on those toolbars (for example on Quick Launch I have a Media Converters folder that contains shortcuts to different programs), anyway the additional folders containing shortcuts also has a delay.

So when I want to launch a program from Quick Launch I may have to wait 10 secs. for the menu then an additional 10 secs for the nested menu to show up. Windows explorer seems to freeze up during this time and when you try to click somewhere else, nothing happens until the menu finally decides to show or I get a Windows Explorer has stopped working message.

Needless to say this has been a major pain, to have a nice fast quad core system and have to wait and wait. After the initial time of waiting the toolbars seem to be fine unless I leave the system alone for a few minutes and then it starts again. Thought it might be a Standby or Powerdown or hibernate issue, so I turned all the power down power options off to see. - nada. Once I click on the toolbars or Start button again and wait for the delay, then the system is snappy and works fine unless I don't click on them again for a while and then it starts again. As long as I keep using the computer and use Windows Explorer in some way the problem doesn't seem to appear.

I have searched the internet for this problem and have done all the appropriate Malware Scans, Virus scans, updates, drivers and anything else I could find to try to no avail. Tried speeding up the hover speed for the mouse over on menus and other solutions - no joy. Driving me crazy.

Thought it might have been a couple different programs I installed so I have tried eliminating different things:
Tried changing the indexing options by turning it all off and enabling certain drives folders etc.
Tried removing the control panel icon I made and attached to the taskbar. (pinned)
Tried removing Windows Explorer icon from the taskbar. (pinned)
Tried removing all icons from the taskbar. (pinned)
Tried removing Quick Launch and all Toolbars from the taskbar.
Stopped Stardock Objectdock Freeware (Dock64.exe) from loading at startup.
Stopped Active@Harddisk Monitor from loading at startup.
Tried different Defragging options.
Turned off the Sidebar.
Made sure my harddrive is not too full.
Added a bigger primary harddrive.
Stopped and changed to manual different services.
Stopped All Adobe Updates from running on boot, but re-enabled it after elimination cause its as much as risk as IE.
Stopped Java updates loading at boot (for Open Office)
Got rid of all folders on the desktop and now only have a few shortcuts on the desktop.

So, anyways, I got my daughter a new laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium (QuadCore i5 with 4GB ddr3) for Christmas and noticed that after I had gotten rid of the crap and installed all the working security software and different programs I needed to on it that it started doing the same thing. Have most of the same stuff on our older Windows XP and XP 64 systems without the same problems.

Thought it might be Windows Security Essentials but I hate un-installing removing it to see.

Things both systems have in common:

Both systems are Intel. Mine is Q9450 quad/8GB hers is i5 M460 quad/4GB
Windows 7 (I use Pro and she uses Home Premium) both are 64bit versions.
Aero turned off (could it be this?) and using Windows basic plus a desktop backgrounds.
Icons on Desktop: My Computer & Recycle bin. I have a few more - she does not.
Microsoft Security Essentials load at start.
Active@Harddisk Monitor load at start.
Stardock Objectdock loads at start.
Google update for Chrome browser loads at start.
Windows Sidebar with 2 Gadgets. I have 3.
Using some Taskbar icons pinned
Using Quick Launch and 1 additional Toolbar.
Both running Open Office 3.3 (She has the OpenOffice quick load thing running on boot - I do not)
Have java updates scheduled to run on boot (for open office)
Have Adobe Reader and Adobe stuff doing its update checks when booting.
Both systems have Firefox, Chrome and IE browsers but only Chrome does something at startup.
I have installed tons of games but hers only has a couple.

I am at a loss and don't know what else to try. Wondered if anyone else had encountered this and maybe bounce it off you guys to see what you thought. I have searched the internet for months and read tons of posts including the ones here, but none exactly like what I am describing and the fact that both systems are about 1 3/4 years difference in age but doing the same thing really leads me to believe it's a software program somewhere to blame that I must have installed if I could just find it.

Any help or ideas are appreciated,

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