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Windows XP startup problems: long pause after logon, taskbar items fail to display

Posted on 2006-10-23
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I've been running Windows XP since the first available beta versions and have become pretty good at solving startup problems, but this one is totally baffling me!

Computer Specification: Athlon X2 4200+, 2Gb RAM, Abit AN8 motherboard, 400Gb RAID0 SATA disk on nForce controller, Nvidia 6600GT graphics

Operating System: Using Windows XP including SP2 installed from original Microsoft CD.

Installed: Reinstalled very recently - less than one week ago.

Networking: The computer is on a company domain, there is one logon script  - which is a VBS file that simply maps 4 drives (no problems on any of the other 20 computers in the office)

Problem occurs: Immediately after I log in to Windows whilst starting autorun programs, most of the time (it seems that if I leave the 'Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete' screen for more than ten minutes or so, then this will not happen)

Symptoms: Very shortly aftrer the taskbar appears and the desktop appears, the taskbar stops responding (it is set to autohide, and will not appear when I hover my mouse over it). Desktop is still working and I can load My Computer, programs, etc. After around 10-15 seconds, the taskbar starts working again. None of the icons installed in the taskbar by the autoload programs (see below) are displayed. If I check with task manager, the programs which should display the icons are running, but the icons are not displayed. Most of the time MSN messenger, which seems to start up after the rest of the autorun programs, does appear in the taskbar, but nothing else does.

Programs that are autorunning after logon:
c:\windows\explorer.exe
c:\windows\system32\taskswitch.exe
c:\windows\system32\nvcpl.dll
c:\windows\system32\nvraidservice.exe
c:\windows\system32\mobsync.exe
c:\program files\arniworx\awxdtools\awxdtools.dll
c:\program files\d-tools\daemon.exe
c:\program files\eset\nod32kui.exe
c:\program files\anycom\blue usb-200-250\bttray.exe
c:\program files\windows desktoip search\windowssearch.exe
c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
c:\program files\microsoft activesync\wcescomm.exe
c:\program files\msn messenger\msnmsgr.exe
c:\program files\putty\pagaent.exe



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by:modathir
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Hi,
Try this go to start > Run > type msconfig > Startup > & Disable all >apply > ok & reboot. See after that.

Hope that helps!
Thanks
Mo
 
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by:LeeTutor
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Check if this program solves your problem:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm
Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!

There are also some individual links for files for the various options of the above program (go to the above page to see the links):

Taskbar

Taskbar is Missing
Lock Taskbar Greyed Out
Minimized Programs Missing
Stuck in Classic View *
Reduce Size of Buttons
Restore to XP Default *  (clickable)
Toolbars Greyed Out or Missing
Remove Specific Toolbars or Remove All *
Remove System Icons from Desktop Toolbar *
Disable Taskbar Context Menus
Remove Taskbar and Start Menu from the Control Panel
Disable Right Click/Properties
Lock Size and Position of the Taskbar
Remove Open, Explore and Find from Start Button Right Click *
Remove Open All, Explore All Users from the Start Button Right Click *
Hide or Show the Taskbar
Repair Taskbar Icon Views
Hide or Show the Start Button
Restore Taskbar to Default Position *
Enable or Disable Taskbar Grouping (Removes the options from Properties)
Repair, Disable or Enable the Task Manager

Notification Area

Hide or Show All Listed Icons
Hide or Show All Inactive Icons
Remove Past Items
Show Missing Icons
Restore/Remove the Clock
Disable Balloon Tips
Remove the Notification Area
Remove Selective Icons (also from Msconfig/Registry) *
Disable Low Disk Space Warning Message and Icon

Quick Launch

Can't Create Toolbar Error Message
Restore Show Desktop Icon
Remove the Quick Launch Area *
Save Quick Launch Sort Order
Auto Add Specific Links to Quick Launch *
Set Quick Launch as Default for any new user added *
     NOTE:  For a stand alone exe to be run as a startup script, send an email here and choose #8.  When this utility is run as
                  a "Startup script", it will automatically adjust the system Registry to "turn on" the Quick Launch bar, by default,
                  for all newly created user accounts.

* Denotes only available for the licensed version.  To obtain a license at the cost of $5.00 follow the steps below.

 
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by:johnb6767
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"Problem occurs: Immediately after I log in to Windows whilst starting autorun programs, most of the time (it seems that if I leave the 'Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete' screen for more than ten minutes or so, then this will not happen)"

This would indicate that there are som ervices starting even before your autoruns are kicking in. Have you tried to look at Process Explorer for high CPU tankage?
http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html
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by:tombull
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I found the solution to my problem at

http://www.tech-pro.net/howto_013.html

I found that I could either:

1. Disable the SSDP Discovery Service (I used Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services, found SSDP Discovery Service and changed its startup type to 'Disabled')
2. Open 'My Network Places' and click 'Hide icons for networked UPnP devices' on the left-hand side.

Thanks for your help guys!
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