Windows XP startup problems: long pause after logon, taskbar items fail to display
Posted on 2006-10-23
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:\program files\anycom\blue usb-200-250\bttray.exe
c:\program files\windows desktoip search\windowssearch.exe
c:\program files\microsoft activesync\wcescomm.exe
c:\program files\msn messenger\msnmsgr.exe