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Posted on 2002-07-29
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dear people,
            i have a very strange problem when i'm trying 2 right click on a file just 2 make copy of it it takes long time just 2 appear a pop up menu that conatin copy command and it seems like the sys is hang but it came after awhile we this happened although the system was working ok before
Question by:mohammadsa
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Yeah, that is a annoying design problem in Windows.
It checks a ton of things each time you right-click a file - mostly a lot of registry access, and often does a little reading of your.

The problem is usuall due to a lot of items appearing in the right-click (or "context") menu. Most of these are applications like Winzip/WinAce which define actions which you can do on each file. Some of these programs let you to select what actions you allow.
For example, in Winzip 8.1  Options->Configuration->Explorer Enhancments shows you a monstrous list of things you can put in the context menu. Each one will cost you a little bit of time. I suggest getting rid of the ones you don't use often (or all).

Also, you can remove items placed in your "Send To" folder and you can use TweakUI (free, but unsupported, Microsoft utility) or other tools like it to remove unneeded items which appear in the "New" tab (for creating new documents/files).

Last, it never hurts to run a defragment utility once in a while. That usually gives you a little boost in system speed. Remember that Microsoft is also a good friend of the RAM manufacturing industry, in case you're running with the "minimum recomemded RAM".

Good luck,
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I would run the Start-windows update to make sure that you have the newest updates.

In addition Cleanup the startup stuff. In win98/Win ME/Win XP -  Do a Start - Run - msconfig, startup Tab , or for win95 , NT or win2k,
Download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from
 Run it and it will show you everything that is listed in all the possible startup
                        places, and allow you to disable things one at a time until the problem is eliminated.
 A lot of probelms are caused by excess old baggage - programs that have not been properly  un-installed. Startup Cop will eliminate leftovers and un-wanted programs that you no longer want.
Older Antivirus programs and Norton Utilities have been known to cause problems
try disabling them also !

Update and run 2 good, updated antivirus program- Norton, McAffee etc.
 Then run SFC from the Start-run command, and have it fix any broken files.

ALso check into getting driver updates for ALL of your hardware, BIOS, VGA, motherboard etc.

Do a Defrag from SAFE mode !

Make sure that each partition has at least 15% free space.

Check your swap file settings.

You may try doing a scanreg /fix from a DOS prompt.
Scanreg /opt  also.

You may try doing a scanreg /restore from a DOS prompt
and select a registry date from before the problem started.

 Check the IE version and try to do a repair from the add/remove in the Control panel - choosing remove  gives you a repair option.

 these are some tools that will benefit anyone trying to solve problems.

In Internet Explorer, go to Tools>Internet Options, click the Settings button, then the View Objects button and remove everything except the CV3 class file.

Now click the Advanced tab and check the box that says "disable script debugger"

Go to Start>Run, type msconfig, click the startup tab and uncheck Machine Debug Manager.

   I hope this helps

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SysExpert, I'd like you to check out a suggestion I just posted.
Before you do, I mean no offense as I respect your knowledge and commitment to helping out. I've been learning a lot by reading your comments and would like you to participate in the thread as you might be able to contribute.
The suggestion is at: http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?ta=suggestion&qid=20329595

mohammadsa- Sorry for abusing your question. Just trying to help EE become a better resource for us all :-)
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by:Prester John
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Another little item that's sure to slow down your system is a huge My Documents folder.
Windoz always looks at that little jewel &, if it's really big, it slows the whole system down.
It's preferrable to create a folder under C:\ [or another root folder somewhere] and put most of your My Documents data in it.


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ID: 7189157
another function TweakUi has is to set the speed of your 'popmenu'......so you can set it so that the popmenu will appear alomst instantly....
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ID: 7191895
Windows normally delays menus before they are displayed. For regular users this delay can become annoying, with this setting you to change the delay time or remove it altogether.
Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named 'MenuShowDelay' and set it to equal the delay you would like before the menus are shown as a time in milliseconds.

Log off or restart Windows for the change to take effect.

  (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)  
  MenuShowDelay REG_SZ "400"  
 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop  

Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
Name: MenuShowDelay
Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value: 0-999 (milliseconds)
The usual warnings about editing the registry apply, back it up first

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TweakUI does that for you with no fiddling around in the registry .......very simple

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steven- sorry to call you on this, but it seems you may be mistaken. This is from the MSDN library:

Speed up the taskbar
With the introduction of Windows95 and NT 4.0, the user interface has been enhanced with the taskbar. If you have a small screen, you can configure the taskbar to disappear when you're not on it and re-appear when you slide your mouse to the bottom of the screen. Depending on the speed of your computer, it may take too long for the taskbar to appear. You can speed up this appearance, as well as the appearance of other taskbar menus by adding a REG_SZ value named
This value expresses the number of milliseconds the operating system will pause before displaying the taskbar. In other words, if you want the taskbar to wait 1 second before appearing, you would set the value to 1000.

I've searched the net and found that this registry value was also attributed to the taskbar, popups and the start menu - every article attributed a different one.
Tehcnically, the start menu and the popup might share common code (I'm not sure on this), but they are very different from the taskbar.
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Monchanger Try editing yours and check and see
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Monchanger, I tested it on a machine at work, and I have to agree with you, it didn't seem to affect the right click menu. I did notice that the speed is somewhat related to how far down the directory tree the link points to, with folders in the root being the quickest

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