How to speed up the Start menu in Windows 10

Many Windows 10 complain that their Start menu is laggy and slow. It opens slowly and sometimes it doesn't open at all. In this article, I would like to offer you a simple solution to speed up the Start menu in Windows 10.

Windows 10 start menu The main idea behind the trick is to disable unnecessary animations. When animations are disabled, the Start menu in Windows 10 opens instantly and the right click menu and jumplists also appear instantly.
So, to speed up the Start menu in Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Ease of Access -> Other options.
  3. On the right, turn off the option "Play animations in Windows": play windows animations

That's it. This will significantly speed up your Start menu in Windows 10. Not only the Start menu but the whole Windows 10 user interface will become more responsive.

19 thoughts on “How to speed up the Start menu in Windows 10

  1. KrlzGmz

    What other animations are we giving up besides Start and Jumplist?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Minimize/Maximize window animations.

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    2. thaer

      good

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  2. David H Johnson

    Good tip. I like these tips for when I install on someones slower PC. Disabling these features can really help. Mine is pretty quick though.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Mine became much faster without animations. Maybe i3 sucks.

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      1. punk

        this is the ticket…….instant,,, thanks alot…….

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Enjoy.

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      2. Jose_49

        I sometimes believe that the video card is to blame. It seems that the GUI is heavily GPU accelerated. Having a non-crappy video card seems to get the problem solved.

        Anyways, killing these animations did make my old system fast: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz – T8300 (mobile)

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          My Nvidia GTX 750 Ti is not crappy, believe me :)

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  3. seghier

    Hello please i have problem after upgrade from windows 7:
    when i right click and than click on properties under contextual menu nothing happened
    no informations of file or folder or application !
    how i can solve that ?
    in safe mode i don’t have this problem
    video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAHWI4MrQwo

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  4. seghier

    i find the solution
    i disable UAC with Winaero tweaker and restart
    now properties work

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  5. seghier

    i have other question
    when i disable uac ; i can’t open store or any other application in windows 10
    can you tell me how i can turn on uac to selective program ?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You cannot. Just reduce its notifications level in the Control panel.

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      1. seghier

        i did that but always the problem with properties in the context menu
        something wrong whin uac enabled ; like UAC block this properties !

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          So, does it breaks the properties context menu for you in File Explorer? I got it right?

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          1. seghier

            yes i can’t open properties of any file or folder or program except the drives and this pc in desktop
            see this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAHWI4MrQwo

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  6. seghier

    to clarify the situation :
    – after upgrade the properties don’t work
    – reset pc or safe mode : worked fine ( i reset pc just to try )
    – disable UAC : worked fine but can’t open store or other applications
    – enable UAC again : it doesn’t work
    there is a problem with UAC and properties but i don’t know how i can solve it without disable UAC

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  7. Shirou

    This is really not a fix… especially if someone DOES NOT WANT to disable OS animations.

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    1. Deth

      Yes, it is a fix…perhaps not the most elegant solution but it is a fix.

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