no, approx. max 1 minute!
How much time?
More then 15 minutes?
if there's a second instance of M2T running, perhaps you have the systray icon for totalcmd.exe hidden from your view?
as i told you: i installed tc, started it with default settings (under windows xp, btw.)
and M2T will create an icon for it upon minimizing within 10 seconds (although it uses the default icon that looks like M2T's)!
i think your setup is different from mine, or something...