right clicking hogs the CPU

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Microsoft quietly published a report on its support pages last week confirming that a right click on files using Windows Explorer in XP does gnash away eating up at your CPU time.

But there's a relatively easy way to stop it doing that. Microsoft says in the note that when you right click a folder using Windows Explorer, the CPU usage flies up to 100% when the shortcut menu is displayed.

That means any file copy operation "may appear to stop responding", "network connection speed may significantly decrease", and streaming operations, like listening to music, can become distorted.

The problem occurs in all versions of Widnows XP including bug fixes SP1 and SP1a, and you can read more about it by proceeding in this general Volish direction.

WORKAROUNDTo work around this behavior, use either of the following methods:

Method 1- Turn off the transition effects for menus and ToolTips. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, double-click Display.
- In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab.
- On the Appearance tab, click Effects.
- In the Effects dialog box, click to clear the Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips check box, and then click OK two times.

Method 2- Click the folder or file that you want (select it) before you right-click it to display the shortcut menu.

here is the proof
http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -us;819101
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Thats pretty interesting, that might explain why sometimes when I right click I have to wait for the menu to come up. You wouldn't think such an operation would use so much cpu... up to 100% usage. Sounds like they coded that one bad, whats new though :o
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i put it to the test


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Yup definetley pretty high cpu load there. They must run some huge loop or something which eats all the cpu up. You would think it would be an easy fix that they can issue an update for.
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yeah you would think, and im running a 2.4 Ghz with 1024MB ram...
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well, IMO it makes sense. although 100% is a bit excessive.

We all know windows has this awful indexing system for browsing that's
very slow and very cumbersome. So, if you don't give it a chance to
"focus" on the file you want info for, then it would make sense it has to
run through the indexing process to get there.

Hope this makes sense...it makes sense in my brain. :shock:

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