start up Q

i have windows xp home edition.
i shut down my computer lastnight and this morning everything started up fine except the speaker, power and my wireless internet icons did not appear in the bottom right corner, i can still get on the net just fine, but when i go into the controll panel and click on the power and speaker icons my computer freezes. this has also happened before. anyone knows what causes this shit ???? thanks

Try adjusting the startup items using start > run > "msconfig". You can do a diagnostic startup or disable various services you don't need. Then see if there is still a problem.

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