Photoshop: I would like to load filters as I need them and not all filters when the program starts

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Dear Adobe Gripe #5038

"I would like to load filters as I need them and not all filters when the program starts. This would speed up start time dramatically."
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You can already control with Plug-ins are available by either removing the plug-ins from the Photoshop>Plug-Ins folder or by putting a tilde (~) in front of the plug-ins name.

Photoshop does not actually "load" the plug-in into memory until the plug-in is used. Photoshop simply gets the name of the plug-in to populate the menus in Photoshop (Filter, File Format, etc) which is actually very fast.

Photoshop's launch time has been improved markedly since CS2.

If you want to improve launch time and Photoshop performance in general, consult this topic:

Photoshop: How do I make Photoshop run faster?

Having the Character panel hidden will also delay loading all the fonts from the OS. Keeping the amount of fonts you have installed will improve type initialization as well.