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Taskbar frozen after startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by pc83, Apr 11, 2010.

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  1. pc83

    pc83 Thread Starter

    Apr 11, 2010
    Hi all, I have a problem that is completely stumping me. Recently, my computer has started freezing after startup. Well, I say the computer has started freezing, but it's stranger than that. Pretty much as soon as I log into Windows, the taskbar freezes up. Mousing anywhere on the taskbar causes the cursor to turn into the hourglass. The system tray icons are frozen as well. This happens every time the computer starts up.

    Desktop items are all clickable and somewhat usable, but to a limited extent. For example, I can open "My Computer" but then explorer freezes if I double-click on either hard drive. I have a videos folder on the desktop that I can open, but if I then try to play any of the videos, Windows Media Player opens with a blank white screen and never actually starts playing the video.

    CTRL + ALT + DELETE does nothing, so I can't even access task manager.

    I've booted the computer with and without the LAN cable connected, no difference.

    It certainly seems like one of the startup items is very problematic. One time I did actually solve this problem by disabling the NVIDIA Media Center startup tray item (using CCleaner). When I did that, the taskbar and system tray sprang to life straight away. But today, I restarted the computer and back to square one. I've tried disabling various startup items with CCleaner, including the NVIDIA Media Center again, but this time none of that is helping.

    I am just at a loss as to what to try next, so I'm really hoping someone here can help.
  2. How'dIdoThat


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  3. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    The hourglass symbol active when mousing over the taskbar indicates there is a process going on, probably one loading from the startup list in msconfig. The basic purpose (according to Microsoft) of msconfig is to facilitate troubleshooting. This seems an ideal situation to use that concept. If you will click here, your browser will take you to a site where you can find out what all those entries in msconfig startup tab are for. There are also recommendations regarding what you need or do not need to launch on startup.

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