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Hidden startup icons

Ever since I installed the Panda Titanium Antivirus 2006, not all startup icons appear in the tray. And this includes the Safely Remove Hardware icon. To make this Safe Removal application available, is it possible to somehow disable its startup and then later only open it manually when nessessary (maybe from the Progams/Accesories folder)?


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Reply : Hidden Startup Icons

You can able or dis-able your start up icons by following these simple steps:

1. Start. Run.
2. Type in "msconfig"
3. Go to the "Startup" tab.
4. Try and find the program you are trying to dis-able.
5. Click of it.
6. Restart your PC.

That should do the trick. If you have any problems just reply.

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A similar method I've tried

One way that I've found of disabling 3rd-party startup apps is by using a free utility called the "Startup Control Panel".

This was helpful for things like SpamPal, and it only required using that utility to disable chosen startup apps. I then chose to launch each of these manually so that their icons are then displayed in the tray, because they sometimes require a right click.

SpamPal is one example of the apps that require this because a right click on its tray icon is the only way to open the menu and maybe choose the "Add to Blacklist" or "Add to Whitelist" command.

A few other startup apps that I now only open manually are Win Patrol, Popup Stopper, and the Cookie Monster.

Since its icon very rarely appears in the tray, where can I find a link for manually opening the Windows "Safely Remove Hardware" utility?


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Hidden Startup Icons

I tried this with Quick Time Player and the QTP icon keeps reappearing in the tray, even though I uninstalled the program. I believe Yahoo email is putting the icon in the tray. Any suggestions?

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Did you try......

Did you try Taskbar Properties?

Right click the Taskbar and select Properties. In the window that opens, see if the "Hide inactive icons" option is ticked. If so, click the Customize button and change the default action for each icon.


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Great method

This is a very good method and it makes it somewhat simple to configure the displays of chosen individual startup icons.

Thank You,


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(NT) (NT) I'm glad I could be of some help.
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One icon still fails to get into the tray

Your Taskbar Properties tweak worked okay for many icons, including things like the MSN Messenger, Download Accelerator, and Automatic Win Update, but I still can't get anything to display the image of the Safely Remove Hardware icon.

Do you know of any kind of Tweak Tool utility freeware that could easily enable me to change that startup configuration? I already own over 7 free tweak tools, but I've recently looked over their abilities and found no way of enabling the Safe Removal icon.


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Re: One icon still fails to get into the tray
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I agree

It may be that you have no usb devices attached.


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usb devices

At this time, I have both the printer and the external floppy both plugged into the usb ports. But 2 other usb's that I often also like to plug in (and use) are a thumb drive and an external hard drive that I use for backup.

But I usually must shut down the system before unplugging any of these. I wish the Safe Removal icon would at least appear in the tray upon plugging anything in.

Is it safe to only use the Device Manager (and remove devices) as an alternative to the Safe Removal tool? My OS is WinXP Pro (with Svc Pk II) and I'm using the Classic desktop theme.


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My need for icon

I am trying to enable the display of the Safely Remove Hardware startup icon because I not only need to sometimes safely disconnect my printer or my external floppy, which are almost always connected, but I also occasional use of a thumb drive and a usb external hard drive enclosure. And I hate having to shut down every time I want to safely disconnect anything.
And since only 1 port of my 4-port PCMCIA card is working, I am sometimes required to disconnect either the printer or the floppy before connecting anything else such as my thumb drive and/or hard drive enclosure.

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