If I hit the Windows key to bring up the Start menu to search/launch something, the menu appears but shows "Searching...." for a few seconds. Sometimes, it shows what I was looking for, but then it disappears to "Searching..." again, coming back a few seconds later.
Similarly, in Windows Explorer, right clicking on anything (file, folder or empty space) always takes a few seconds too. The menu appears eventually but frustrating.
Sometimes Windows Explorer takes a few seconds to show icons; the window and sidebar will appear but the drives or contents of a directory don't show for a couple seconds.
The above seems to be intermittent.
I have recently re-installed Win7 from scratch (non-crapware'd version) and after "breaking it in" I noticed the problem has come back.
I don't think it is a performance issue (I have an Acer Apsire i7 2.2GHz with 8GB RAM and an SSD). I have run SpinRite on the disks recently too, so data corruption shouldn't be an issue. I don't use any bloated anti-virus (just MSE) and don't use suites like MS Office.
Is there any way I can troubleshoot this short of uninstalling programs one at a time?