|IMO, all the taskbar icons should be visible. That way you have a good idea of what's pre-loading at startup. There should be very few icons anyway...sound, antivirus, antispy, firewall & network connection are really all that should be there. Anything else can be started on an as-needed basis.|
There is no need for Quicktime, RealPlayer, iTunes, camera/scanner/printer software, messenger programs (Yahoo, AIM), MS Office, Adobe, Java, etc or any other programs to load until you're ready to use them. All they're doing is sucking up valuable resources.
The same can be said for all those stupid toolbars...Yahoo, Google, Viewpoint, AVG, etc. They all suck the life out of your system plus they're all forms of spyware (don't believe me? Read their privacy policies). And when you add all those toolbars to the already bloated IE8, your internet performance will be less than optimal.
You should always strive to keep your system as clean & lean as possible. All the so-called convenience apps & toolbars that are supposed to make your system & internet experience more enjoyable, generally do just the opposite.
Rather than run MSCONFIG to control/monitor your startup apps, try running CCleaner-Slim. You *should* already have it installed...I know it's been recommended to you plenty of times before. Anyhow, fire it up, click TOOLS, then click STARTUP. From there you can disable or delete useless startup entries. I have a total of 5 entries on my list, how many do you have?