XP Pro - Using Keyboard Shortcuts sometimes hangs ~20 secs

  • humbletech99
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Post 3+ Months Ago

When using keyboard shortcuts to open programs via the shortcut key that you can set on a .lnk to that program, I find that my workstation can sometimes hang for around 15-20 seconds.

Most of the time, the shortcuts work fine, but then every now and again using one will just cause everything to block and hang, everything you do in the next 20 seconds doesn't materialize on the computer until that original action is unblocked and then everything races through a catch up, like a sudden gush of released water....

Anyone know how to fix this behaviour to not block/freeze the desktop?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I really don't know but one question comes to mind. Is it a wireless keyboard?
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Thats a weird problem but I have seen issues like that too, may be due to some invalid shortcuts or registry entries about links which are not fixed. If you know any such shortcut that should be there but doesnt work as usual you can reinstall that program or just manually find whether thats a valid entry. There are several optimizing tools for Windows. I use one, called Advanced System Optimizer which finds such invalid links. You can try that too.
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No I am using a wired usb keyboard.

All links are valid that I can tell...

I do notice that there is some intense disk activity while it hangs....
I suspect this is because it is searching for all links in desktop and start menu that the hotkey can correspond to...

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