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Windows 10 Start Menu lags if it has more than 500 items, a report finds

Windows 10 Start Menu lags if it has more than 500 items, a report finds

by AshwinSeptember 17, 2015

Windows 10’s Start Menu, touted as one of the key features in the operating system, has been a hit and miss for me.

Windows 10 Start Menu Lag 500 items

While I do like the appearance of the Tiles,I don’t use them much.

Another reason, which is actually the primary one, why users hate the new Start Menu is the lack of nested folders, i.e., the one in Windows 10 ( where a folder would be displayed like Mozilla > Mozilla Firefox). Microsoft abandoned the old folder view, in favour of a navigational list of all apps and items sorted alphabetically. This is likely due to the fact that the Redmond Company wanted to make it easier for users with touchscreen devices to navigate the Start Menu.

I agree that nested folders may be unsuitable for such devices, but Microsoft should have given desktop users the nested folders which we have grown accustomed to. This is why we have seen a rise in the number of Start Menu replacement apps.

Now, a third problem in the Start Menu, well what do you know, the list appears to be endless, has been found. The Start Menu lags horribly. No it is not the normal lag which we have experienced in Windows 10, speaking of which check the last portion of this article for a fix for this issue. The new finding by Petri, suggests that the Windows 10 Start Menu lags super annoyingly when it has more than 500 items, more specifically 512 items.

Of course not every user will have so many items listed under the Start Menu, in fact the test was made by pasting several hundred shortcuts into the Start Menu folder, in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine.  This resulted in a lag of up to 15 seconds, only after which the Start Menu reportedly began to respond. There is no workaround for this issue yet. But there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, in that Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, and has promised to fix the same in a future patch, which will be rolled out through Windows Update.

Here is a tip which will help reduce the lags in the Start Menu, and in Windows 10’s general performance too:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu and select System.
  2. On the left pane, click on Advanced System Settings.
  3. Now in the Advanced tab, there are three sections.
  4. Click on the “Settings” button in the Performance section.
  5. Here you will find several options, to tweak your Windows’ performance.
  6. Click on the third radio button, which says “Adjust for best performance”.

This will disable all the options below it, including the Windows animations, which are the main cause of lags. Feel free to tick any back, but I recommend leaving them all unchecked for best performance. Hit ok and reboot the PC for the changes to take effect.