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    Window Controller Error

    After logging on to XP, I get the following error message:

    Title: CWindow Controller
    Error Message: Shel_NotifyIcon NIM_ADD failed
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    Once I click on OK, the computer 'hangs' for about two minutes, and then seems to function OK after that.
    A search in MS KB turned up nothing. Anybody have any ideas?

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    Re: Window Controller Error

    Tell us more about your computer and what is being started up when it is turned on or rebooted.

    The message is a System Tray Visual Basic error, because a Icon is not being added to the System Tray per a VB file that is running.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Window Controller Error

    Sorry..It's a Dell Inspiron 7500...upgraded to XP from ME about a month ago. The Startup folder contains the following items:
    systray.exe
    Realplay.exe SYSTEMBOOTHIDEPLAYER
    navapw32.exe
    msmsgs.exe
    aoltray.exe
    PowerReg SchedulerV2.exe
    tbnote.exe (turbonotes program)
    hotsync.exe (palm)
    PowerReg scheduler.exe
    OSA9.exe -b -l (MS Office ?)

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    Re: Window Controller Error

    I would think your best bet is to disable as many of these startup items and then enable them one at a time until the problem recurs. A pain, sure, but it's a good way to go. I would also lose the following from startup - IMHO, they consume needless resources, and quite possibly one is the culprit:

    aoltray.exe -- Personal opinions of AOL aside, there's no real good reason to have a tray icon for it. You can use QuickLaunch or a desktop icon and get the same functionality.

    Realplay.exe -- As with AOL, I will leave my opinion of RealPlayer out if this, but again, it seems rather useless to have it. RealPlayer will automatically launch if you encounter a Real audio/video stream somewhere.

    msmsgs.exe -- MSN Messenger, and believe me this thing will appear on its own whether you want it to or not. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> If you use Messenger that's a different story; leave it there.

    OSA9.exe -- The Office Startup Application for Office 2000. I've never seen any benefit to having this execute at startup. Supposedly it makes opening Office programs a bit faster, but FindFast was supposed to be a wonderful tool, too, and it's almost universally despised. It doesn't add a tray icon, but it's not necessary either.

    ALternately, you may have a program that thinks it's still on ME since you upgraded, and could benefit from a removal/reinstall. Have you noticed any missing icons from the programs you listed?
    -Mark

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    Re: Window Controller Error

    Mark,

    Thanks for the advice. I ran msconfig and basically had it skip all the startup items. The error message no longer appears, and I can click on any item on the desktop, but when the cursor is placed over the taskbar, system tray or start button, the cursor turns into an hourglass, and I can't click on any of those items. This continues for a few minutes, and then it is OK.

    Again, thanks for your help!

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    Re: Window Controller Error

    I had a simular problem on XP doing a long boot up. Took almost 5 min. Tried reinstalling XP (letting it try to repair the problem. No change. Tried so many different approachs for days and nothing worked. Finally did a reinstall of XP, It would not reinstall over itself in the windows folder so I let it delete itself and reinstall. Good news the 5 min boot is gone. Bad news it earsed all the files in my documents folder ect and all my ie6 favorites, saved the folders but all the links were history. Reinstalling all the other programs I use may have accually been the fix but it was not fun. I guess my morale to this post is all XP user make sure you back up your docs and personal settings before doing a full reinstall!! Have a great day!

    Tom <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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