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    System Tray Mystery (SP2)

    I am running Windows XP SP2 and when I switch on in the morning I usually have several items in the system tray, Spyware Doctor, Copernic Desktop search, Adobe Photo Downloader and Norton 360. Sometimes lately only Spyware Doctor appears in the system tray leaving me to doubt whether the others, in particular Norton 360, are running and doing what they should be. A resetting invariably cures the situation. But in the absence of the icon in the system tray is Norton 360 protecting me? And how can I solve this little annoyance?

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    Re: System Tray Mystery (SP2)

    This is a long-standing annoyance in Windows XP, and I don't think there is a real solution. Regardless of your settings, some notification area (systray) icons will disappear occasionally. In most cases, the associated program has a setting to display an icon in the notification area. Toggling this setting off, then on again is usually sufficient to make the icon reappear and stay for a while.

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    Re: System Tray Mystery (SP2)

    Here is a fix for the problem.
    It sounds strange but does actually work.

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    Re: System Tray Mystery (SP2)

    Had a similar thread back in June where Argus posted <post:=657,194>post 657,194</post:> and it refers to disabling the SSDP service (follow the links in that post - good reading). This worked for me (my icons are now fully enabled in the system tray and I haven't missed one since). Very similar ot Elaine's previous post, but uses the services.msc from the run line to access/disable the SSDP service.
    Hope this helps <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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