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Solved System Tray icons missing on startup

August 9, 2011 at 18:12:30
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 3.198 GHz / 2047 MB

System Tray icons missing on startup. There should be 7 icons in my system tray. Sometimes there are 2 or 3 or 4 ... Rarely are there 7. Seems to change every time I reboot. I want them all and I hide none. Any solution?

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✔ Best Answer
August 11, 2011 at 01:11:41

1. Back up the Registry by creating a restore point.
2. Go to Start > Run (or Windows-key + R), type in regedit and hit OK.
3. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cla sses\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Wi ndows\CurrentVersion \TrayNotify.
4. Delete the values IconStreams and PastIconsStream.
5. Open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), go to the Processes tab, select explorer.exe and click End Process.
6. Open the Applications tab and click New Task at the bottom-right of the window.
7. In the message box that pops up type in explorer.exe and hit OK.
8. Explorer.exe will reload, and the missing icons should now be back in the system-tray where they belong.
9. Then if the volume bar isnt there, go to taskbar properties (where the volume was gray) and simply tick the box.


#1
August 9, 2011 at 18:33:07

What icons do you expect to show up in the notification area (aka. system tray)? You have "Hide inactive icons" unchecked on the Taskbar tab of the Taskbar & Start Menu Properties window? Just clarifying that's what you meant. Using Task Manager, can you verify each of the programs that have icons you want in the notification area have started up and are set to start up automatically on boot?

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#2
August 9, 2011 at 18:47:17

Answer to all these points is YES.

RIS


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#3
August 10, 2011 at 22:48:09

The first question wasn't a yes/no answer, but I think we can do without. It sounds like the System Tray cache may need to be cleared and rebuilt. Download & install CCleaner and check-mark "Tray Notification Cache" in the Advanced section of the Windows tab on the Cleaner tool. The other options on that tab and the Applications tab can be un-cleared, then click the "Run Cleaner" button.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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August 11, 2011 at 01:11:41
✔ Best Answer

1. Back up the Registry by creating a restore point.
2. Go to Start > Run (or Windows-key + R), type in regedit and hit OK.
3. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cla sses\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Wi ndows\CurrentVersion \TrayNotify.
4. Delete the values IconStreams and PastIconsStream.
5. Open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), go to the Processes tab, select explorer.exe and click End Process.
6. Open the Applications tab and click New Task at the bottom-right of the window.
7. In the message box that pops up type in explorer.exe and hit OK.
8. Explorer.exe will reload, and the missing icons should now be back in the system-tray where they belong.
9. Then if the volume bar isnt there, go to taskbar properties (where the volume was gray) and simply tick the box.

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#5
August 12, 2011 at 09:17:21

jamesdean1

Amazing! Did not find TrayNotify where you suggested but searched the Registry successfully for it. Followed the instructions with success (initially). After shutting down the computer and then restarting the next day they were not all there. Restarting several times finally produced them all. I also had to fiddle several times in TaskBar properties where some of the icons wanted to appear In Past Items rather than Current Items. They just don't seem to want to hold still.

Nonetheless, your solution was excellent ... and I thank you muchly for it.

Regards ... RIS


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#6
August 12, 2011 at 09:24:26

XPS86

Thanks for your responses. I used that of jamesdean1 instead as that avoided the download of CCleaner. But, you never know, I may yet need to use it.

Regards ... RIS


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#7
August 12, 2011 at 12:00:28

RIS, If you're still having that problem go to the link below and under the letter "N" scroll down to "Notification Area - Icons Disappearing" and you'll find several possible solutions.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Tufenuf


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#8
August 12, 2011 at 14:19:50

Tufenuf

Thanks!

RIS


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