Are XP menus/ loading icons slow???

Hi There.

Did I do something wrong or is XP Professional a little slow? I have a computer with Win98se and after installing a fresh copy of XP Pro on a new computer, I notice that the "fly-out" menus (Start, Program, etc) are a little slow in showing the content. With Win98se, the menus just pop out fast, with the content. Also, I noticed my Windows XP computer, the icons on my desktop, sometimes flinched or flicker. (I can't describe it). For example, when I go/open the control panel window, I notice that it take a while for the computer to load the pictures of the icons in that window. For a milli-milli-nano second I can see different icons (looks like a piece of paper icon) before the right picture of the icons show up. The icons on my desktop sometime do that too. Sorry I can't describe it, but I hope you guys know what I mean. Your help or input on this is greatly appreciated.

My computers
Windows 98se on Pentium III 800mhz
Windows XP Pro on Pentium IV 2.4 ghz
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  1. registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\MenuShowDelay

    Change default value (400) to 0, may have to reboot.

    TweakUI for XP will also do this for you.

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  2. Also, try going to Desktop Properties > Appearance tab > Effects


    "Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips"
    "Show shadows under menus"

    Plus, go to System Properties (My Computer > right-click > Properties)
    Advanced tab
    Performance Settings

    For the best performance, click Custom and keep the following checked:

    Show translucent selection rectangle
    Show window contents while dragging
    Smooth edges of screen fonts

    If you like the Windows XP Luna look, also keep these checked:
    "Use visual styles on windows and buttons"
    "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop"


    <A HREF="" target="_new"><b>My System Rig</b></A> (courtesy of <A HREF="" target="_new"></A>)<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by btvillarin on 11/20/02 06:09 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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