After logging in to my user account, the network connection icons in the tray (both wifi and wired ethernet) do not appear for quite some time (between 1 and 4 minutes, it varies). The connections are not usable until the icons show up.
Opening the Network Connections folder sort of kick-starts the icons to show up. The folder won't open until the icons show up, but attempting to open the folder causes the icons to show up more quickly than just waiting doing nothing.
This is a clean Windows install and it has happened twice in a row (two Windows installs).
After I installed all drivers, but before installing any Windows updates, the problem did not exist. Install media is a Dell XP SP3 disk.
After all updates were installed, the problem began. Again, this is identical behaviour from two clean installs. I'm inclined to believe this is caused by an update but I don't know which.
Anyone have any ideas? Ignoring the likely correlation to updates, what other potential causes are there?
During the delay before the icons show up, CPU usage is low or none, and the hard drive indicator light is not showing activity. Opening My Computer or Windows Media Player or whatever happens instantly so the system isn't tied up doing something.
Any help would be appreciated.