Spotlight icon flashing

After installing 10.6 all the icons in the menu bar that would normally be shown disappear, these are the one that you select from system preferences and also the spotlight icon flashes and i'm unable to use spotlight.

HI and Welcome to Apple Discussions
Try deleting this file.
com.apple.systemuiserver.plist
/Users/YourName/Library/Preferences. Drag that file from the Preferences folder to the Trash, empty the Trash and restart your Mac.
See if that helps...
Carolyn

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