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corrupt user acct

By imamember ·
I recently received some advice on the Windows XPerts newsgroup site about a problem I'm having with "disappearing SysTray icons." The response recommended that I "clone" my user account to determine if it was corrupted. I tried that and my icons returned to both user accounts! I tested the 2 accounts for a week and both were working fine so I deleted the old user account.

Next, I used a Registry scanner to check for errors ... it found a few bad document paths and fixed them, eveything AOK. Next step was to defrag/optimize the Registry, that went OK but after restart the "disappearing SysTray icons" problem was back! And the same icons were missing just as if the corruption was still there. I had created System Restore points thruout the process so I restored to an earlier point and the icons were back!

But they didn't stay long, I started to lose one with nearly each restart until I was down to just two again. I began to wonder if there was some connection between my problem and the number of "admin-level" user accounts I had (normally just one: my account) so I created another account but didn't "clone" it. Logged off my account and into the new user, made no changes or did anything ... all icons appeared. Logged off new account and into my account ... all icons appeared!

So, what conclusions can I draw from this?
How many user accounts does XP require to run properly?
Do the missing icons indicate a corrupt user account?

I want to install SP2 but have postponed that until I resolve this issue ... should I assume the corruption is so deeply rooted in the Registry that the only feasible choice I have is a fresh install?

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Wrong forum

by deepsand In reply to corrupt user acct

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions." Please re-post there.

Not only will you be more likely to attract the attention of those seeking to provide answers, but you will also make it easier for those seeking discussions to find such.

Thank you.

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Try running check disk

by stress junkie In reply to corrupt user acct

My impression is that you have a ceeping file corruption problem. Try running the check disk program. If that works but the problem starts up again some time down the line you may have hardware problems related to the disk.

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