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Win10 start menu replacement idle mode issue (I think).
« on: December 05, 2019, 05:34:42 pm »
So I recently upgraded from my trusty old WinXP laptop (I still love it, tho; I'm sure I'll find a nice retirement job for it) to a newer one, with Win10. Now, the thing is, i really dislike the new start menu. I can cope with the (arguably subjective) uggliness of the design and such, but the start menu is the thing that bugged me the most. So I went out, and installed a replacement (OpenShell, to be precise) and most of the time it works great. there's only one issue: It has some hangups, if I don't use it for a while. Now, what I suspect is happening here isn't actually the fault of the program. As far as I know Windows 7 and upwards have something called "idle mode" for applications that are currently unused in the backgraund. Those programs are moved to the page file, to free up RAM, and when they are brought up by the user, they get loaded back. Thing is, this causes delays (a few second max, worst case scenario), which are quite annoying, when one tries to bring up the start menu. My question is: is it possible to make a program "resident", to prevent it form going into the "idle" state and getting unloaded? Any help much appreciated.

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Re: Win10 start menu replacement idle mode issue (I think).
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 06:12:36 pm »
Have you tried the default start menu under the same conditions? If your computer isn't the best, the normal start menu might take just as long.

You could make a Autohotkey script to hit the windows key twice every couple minutes but that would make it flash on the corner of your screen. you might take a look at the VirtualLock function but that might take a lot of work. Or you could trim down the default starting menu. You can take a lot of the fluff off of it to make it pretty similar to the older ones.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/api/memoryapi/nf-memoryapi-virtuallock?redirectedfrom=MSDN
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