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My inactive icons on the taskbar are not hiding. It happened before and then in a couple of days it was working on it's own. Should I wait or is there something I can do? Computer is clean according to Adaware, Spybot, Spyware Blaster, SypwareGuard. NAV and NFW. I have a custom machine with XP SP2, 768 MB memory etc. I mentined in another forum here that although my sounds work, the Windows Startup and Shutdown music is not playing either. I reinstalled SP2 from CD and did update but that didn't solve anything.

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Hi Auggie

I don't think these are exactly the same but I had 2 very similiar problems as you are experiencing. The taskbar Icon problem I had since this computer was brand new but mine would disappear or appear whenever they felt like it on a reboot whether they were supposed to be hidden or not. Tufenuf provided a link for me with several solutions. The one that worked for me was the one on this link that tells you how to disable 2 things in "administrative Tools". It's half way down the page and is labeled "Disable universal plug and play". Since I disabled those 2 things, the icons have always worked perfectly and there have been no side effects at all. That was last May or June.

The sound problem was another that I had. MY problem happened when I installed SP2 and it was the ONLY problem I had with SP2. The startup and shutdown sounds, the e-mail arriving, recycle bin emptying sounds were all gone but the speakers and everything else worked fine. MY solution was to open the Control Panel and double click on "sounds and audio devices". Then click on the sound tab. Right near the top, where it says "sound scheme" the dropdown box was blank. Set that as "windows default" and then click the "OK" button at the bottom of the page. Do NOT click where it says "save as" right below the dropdown box. See if those are the same things you are experiencing.

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Uninstall sp2?

Roddy, thanks for your usual quick response to my problems. I did both things but still have the problem. Although I am not sure I have the suspicion that it has to do with my trying to run sfc /scannow. You'll recall from another thread that you told me it doesn't work with SP2. That's why I reinstalled SP2 from the CD but I didn't uninstall the old. I guess my next move is to go into add/remove and uninstall SP2 and than reinstall it with the CD.

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WHAT did I tell you

doesn't work with SP2? I don't remember that Auggie unless you misunderstood me. I would NOT uninstall SP2. Like Bob says, the icon problem is a common problem and the fixes don't work for everybody. Uninstalling SP2 and reinstalling will probably NOT fix anything, plus uninstalling from add/remove programs doesn't always work. If it were me, I would leave it the way it is. You have SP2 installed successfuly, I would leave it there. I have no idea if "sfc /scannow" has anything to do with your problem or not. I have never had a reason do use that because this computer is not very old.

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It was someone else not you .

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(NT) (NT) No problem Auggie, I thought I was losing it. LOL
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It's a miracle

Roddy, you're not going to believe this. Since changing those two settings didn't do any good in Administrative Tools, I decided just now to go back in and put them back to automatic from disabled. Immediately, the icons were hidden as they should be.

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Hopefully they will stay that way

Auggie but I wouldn't count on it. Just as that website said that I sent you to, different things seem to work for different people. I disabled them because when they were set to automatic via the default setting, the icons never worked right for me, sometimes the hidden ones were showing when the ones that I wanted to show were not and the next time I rebooted it was different. It was like that from day one when I bought the computer so I called the people that I bought it from and they had no clue. A couple of months later, I disabled those settings like the website said and the icons have worked perfect ever since and that was 8 or 9 months ago. LOL Go figure. Plain

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"My inactive icons on the taskbar are not hiding"

Neither are mine. It's a relatively new feature that doesn't always work. If you feel it should be working, then call it in or if you feel it makes the PC unusable, pack it up and return it.

This is the bitter truth about Windows. Not every feature works. Someday it might.


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