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notification area Icons missing unless I restart 2-3 times

by tom4561 / February 16, 2008 1:49 AM PST

My programs do not show up in the notification area of the taskbar like they used to. I only get 2 or 3 of the 5 that should show up. If I restart the computer 3-4 times they will eventually show up. It's not always the same Icons that don't appear. The 5 programs that should appear are Webroot Window Washer, Webroot SpySweeper, Roboform, AVG Antispyware(paid), and Norton 360. I have WinXP SP2 desktop(Dell). Any suggestions appreciated. I'm tired of re-booting. Tom.

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"AVG Antispyware(paid), and Norton 360."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2008 2:53 AM PST

A recurring piece of advice about Antivirus, firewalls is that you should install only one.

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(NT) I have AVG Antispyware NOT antivirus. Norton 360 is only AV
by tom4561 / February 16, 2008 4:04 AM PST
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360 has a antispyware component.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2008 4:22 AM PST

The recurring lesson is to keep it down to one realtime in each category. This is sometimes dismissed by some but given enough time most members will agree.


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In addition to ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 16, 2008 3:30 AM PST
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(NT) Hide inactive Icons is already unchecked, Ed.
by tom4561 / February 16, 2008 4:06 AM PST
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If it was already correct ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 16, 2008 4:52 AM PST

at least it is now ruled out (you hadn't mentioned your setting previously).

Now try taking a look in your Event Viewer logs. See what they indicate. You may have to set up auditing on some or all of the apps to get log entries.

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Re: notification area Icons missing unless I restart 2-3 tim
by Tufenuf / February 16, 2008 5:53 AM PST

Tom, Go to the link below and under the letter "N" scroll down to "Notification Area - Icons Disappearing" where you'll find some possible solutions. The "Disable SSDP and uPNP Services" has worked for many.


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Icons still not showing up
by tom4561 / February 24, 2008 8:38 PM PST

Tufenuf, I tried your suggestion(although I hated fooling with the registry). I clicked on the left part of the line in your link(not the mru line). Sorry I took so long to respond to your message, but I really wanted to test whether it made a difference(it didn't).
Still not getting the 5 icons I used to get on one boot. Not the same ones don't show up each time. Thanks for trying to help, Tom.

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Are those programs you don't see ...
by Kees Bakker / February 24, 2008 8:52 PM PST

in fact running (check in the processes tab of Task Manager, compare the list).

And did you already take Bob's hint and disable some of them (like all components of Norton 360) to see if that makes a difference on the other?

And did you check the Event log already, as suggested by Edward?


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by / February 24, 2008 11:17 PM PST

I had the same problems, with different icons of course, found out that if you will turn off auto log-in, this will stop

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(NT) How do I turn off the auto login? Any risks doing so?
by tom4561 / February 25, 2008 4:19 AM PST
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"How to turn off auto-logon".
by Kees Bakker / February 26, 2008 3:56 AM PST

This is a totally new point of view. You hadn't mentioned you had it.

The only way I know to turn it on is using TweakUI. So the only way I know to turn it off also is TweakUI. As it doesn't come standard with XP, you must have done it either the same way or another. Just undo it.


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I don't know what auto logon is, much less that I have it.
by tom4561 / February 26, 2008 8:54 PM PST

Thanks for your reply Kees. The previous responder recommended it as a solution to my problem thats why I posed the question. Nothing has helped so far. Tom.

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