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lately and with no explanation half of the tray icons disappear every time I start up XP SP3. I use Process Explorer (procexp.exe) to look for the missing processes and they still there. When i kill and restart explorer.exe, the tray is complete again. I don't know how to diagnostic or repair the problem. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Many times this can occur when you log into your user account before Windows XP has fully loaded all its start-up processes. I tend to wait for my hard drive light to stop blinking before I log in, and that has alleviated the issue for me.

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  • Ok, make sense. I have only one user that autologin in startup. Is there any way to delay this? Thanks. – Ither Jun 8 '10 at 17:41

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