ArcGIS 10.0 take about 3 minutes to start. ESRI recommends doing these steps (http://support.esri.com/cn/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/31672) but does not explain the consequences or adverse side-affects with respect to other installed applications.

I have also heard from a recent ESRI Seminar that decreasing the number of installed printers on the System will also improve start-up performance.

Can anyone comment.

My system is Win7 64bit 4gb Ram. No Licence server.

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    Install Arcmap and/or your OS on an SSD drive?
    – Martin
    Nov 20, 2013 at 8:22
  • Can you provide add details about your computer's specifications? We would be able to comment based on that..
    – Chethan S.
    Nov 20, 2013 at 9:08
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    If you have a bad connection to the license server that can make things very slow. Note that license servers is not needed with open source software :-) Nov 20, 2013 at 9:32
  • If you connect to remote and/or large data stores over a slow network, that will hammer your start-up time. I've seen recommendations to disconnect them in Catalog... which is great but you increased start-up speed comes at the cost of no data. As they say: you pay your money and take your choice! Nov 20, 2013 at 10:42
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    Delete your normal.mxt periodically. Also, you can watch the splash screen to see which step in the boot is taking the longest in order to narrow down the issue.
    – DPierce
    Nov 20, 2013 at 19:29

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This link will take you to a much more comprehensive ESRI approach to the issue:



By default, Arc connects to ArcGIS Online on startup. There's a setting to disable this, but I don't remember where that is. That can dramatically speed up start time, but then you don't have the basemaps there. At least this is the case in 10.0 and before. ESRI also recommends your folder connections be as close to the actual data as possible, because, I think I read, it has to verify the path to subfolders.

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    I don't think there was a straightforward way to disable this in 10.0, but as of 10.1 it can be done by right-clicking the ArcGIS Online icon in the Windows notification area/system tray and opening the Properties window. There's an "Enable" checkbox that's on by default.
    – nmpeterson
    Nov 21, 2013 at 18:17

I found some operation helpful to this question.

  1. shortcut "win+R", and type "regedit", hit "enter" key, to open the regedit window.

  2. find "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\ESRI\Desktop10.2\", delete the "ArcMap" folder.

  3. open ArcMap, the folder will be recreate.

following these steps can delete all the user specific settings, ArcMap will be fast again as you first time installed.


We have had a ton of troubles with ArcGIS 10 .mxd's opening slow and then performing poorly. We received this advice from a friend who now works for esri and it has helped solve the problem.

Close all ArcMap Sessions.

In a Windows Explorer window browse to: c:\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcMapTemplates\Normal.mxt

Rename the Normal.mxt to be Normal_old.mxt

Open a new ArcMap Session and a new Normal.mxt will automatically be created.

Close the new mxd.

Delete the new Normal.mxt

Rename the Normal_old.mxt to be Normal_mxt.

  • HI...Thanks...but it didn´t make any difference to my start time. Nov 22, 2013 at 6:09
  • "Rename the Normal_old.mxt to be Normal_mxt."??? do you mean Normal.mxt or Normal_mxt.mxt? Nov 22, 2013 at 6:10

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