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Sometimes when i boot my Windows (XP Pro), some applications in the start-up fail to show themselves in the system tray. Yet they are still running in the background. I am so annoyed by this, to get around this problem I have to restart my PC again. It works sometimes and sometimes it don't.

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Instead of rebooting, have you tried just killing and manually restarting the offending programs? Or mayby killing and restarting explorer? – DMA57361 Sep 7 '10 at 9:37
@DMA57361 yes that also doesn't work – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 9:51
How odd. Is it always a particular set of software that always has this issue or does it seem to affect your start ups randomly? – DMA57361 Sep 7 '10 at 9:54
@DMA57361 its random – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 10:17
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Have found two links that attempt to deal with your problem and provide quite a number of suggestions, I've reproduced some below, and they are taken from here and here:

Temporary workarounds

  • Try logging off and back on again (equivalent to you rebooting, I guess).

  • Wait before logging in.

  • Disable any automatic log-on (equivalent to "wait", really).

Potential Fixes

  • Check the icons are not hidden (You've already confirmed this is done)

  • Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) services
    (This may work, but might stop you using some devices on your networ that rely on UPnP)

  • Hide UPnP devices in network places

  • Set the SSDP and UPnP services to start mode "Automatic" instead of "Manual".

  • Use a Startup Manager
    (Requires additional software to be installed, but will stagger the start up time for the software and may help.)

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I have used start-up managers and some start up delays but all seem to fail . The later 2 points are not working either. The only workaround working here is logging off and logging in. But I want something like potential fix. – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 10:55
@subanki - sorry then, I'm now out of ideas... – DMA57361 Sep 7 '10 at 11:24
@DMA57361 thanks for ideas – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 11:36
@subanki: Can you confirm that you tried clicking "Hide icons for networked UPnP devices" in the left panel on the Network Places dialog? I had the problem you described and this fixed it for me. Note: if you can't see the option on the Network Places dialog, select View > Explorer Bar on the menu and uncheck anything in the top section of the menu that appears. – boot13 Sep 7 '10 at 12:22
@boot13 Everything is unchecked here – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 12:47

Is the "Hide inactive icons" option on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog checked?

Right click over the task bar and select Properties. Go to the Taskbar tab and in the "Notification area" group box clear the option.

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I realise that this might seem obvious - but I've overlooked this on a number of occasions.

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No ChirsF, it doesn't help – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 11:35
@subanki - oh well. – ChrisF Sep 7 '10 at 12:35

Perhaps the icons are only hidden?


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nope the icons are not hidden, I double checked – subanki Sep 7 '10 at 8:32

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