A few days ago I started Crystal Reports and it seemed to take a very long time to open up. The first thing I did was to reboot to see if I had something hanging around in memory that needed to be cleared out, but that didn’t help. Then I timed the startup and it took roughly 8 minutes to get to the start page, with the menu unresponsive in the meantime.
So I did some Google searches to see if this was a common problem. What I found was a forum thread that said to turn off “check for updates on startup” (in the “help” menu). Sure enough, when I took that off the problem went away. What is odd is that I haven’t changed this setting recently so I am not sure what caused the change in behavior this week. What is also odd is that the post was from last fall, so this is a problem that apparently comes and goes. I wonder if it is a server issue at SAP?