Why are Vista launch shortcut keys so slow?

Count to yourself:

One Mississippi
Two Mississippi
Three Mississippi
Four Mississippi
Five Mississippi

That’s how long it takes for Vista to open a command prompt (cmd.exe) when linked to a shortcut key (ctrl-alt-C).  Trying it with other keystrokes doesn’t change the time it takes.  This is on a Thinkpad T60 with 3 gig of RAM and a dual core processor that is lightly loaded at the time of the tests.

When I tried this on a copy of Windows Server 2003 that is running under Virtual PC on my laptop it was instant.

Back in Vista, clicking on the Orb then the "Command Prompt" shortcut link is practically instant.  How far we’ve come that using a keyboard to launch a program is actually slower than using the mouse!

3 thoughts on “Why are Vista launch shortcut keys so slow?”

  1. Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit – IE and Firefox were taking 15 seconds to load.   I deleted the contents in c:/Temp and it immediately fixed the problem.

  2. Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit – IE and Firefox were taking 15 seconds to load.   I deleted the contents in c:/Temp and it immediately fixed the problem.

  3. Confirmed, I cleared C:\\Windows\\Temp (minus the two files that were in use) and hot keys are instant again. Let\’s see how long this lasts…

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