You say that if you wait for a long while before entering your password. Do you mean your Log-on password for your Windows account?
If so, then surely the System Tray, (or Notification area as it is called in Win XP), will not load anything until your account has been authorised, (except background firewall, anti-virus etc).
How many icons do you have in your systray? If it takes a long time to load up, perhaps you have too many, and some can be closed down permanently. You only need a minimum of clock, speakers, firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, (if set to load at startup), and a network icon, possibly.
If you have any more than that, then those extra's are programs that are taking away your resources unnecessarily, and causing your Windows to slow down. Anything there like Real Player, or Instant Messengers, browsers, or any programs that you don't always need at startup can be opened from the Start > all Programs list, "as and when you need them", or from shortcut icons on your desktop.
When I boot up not all the items in the system tray load.
Each time different ones load but not all of them ever do.
If I wait for qite a long time before entering my password until all activity has stopped most of them load but wait to long and very few load and enter it to quickly and even less load!
I definitely have no Viruses or Spyware and though not a critical error it is annoying.
thanks for any help.