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System icons do not appear in the notification area in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
Posted by Ludy Chacon on 11 August 2011 02:49 PM

System Icons Do Not Appear In The Notification Area In Windows Vista or In Windows 7

When you start a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows 7 for the first time, one or more of the following icons do not appear in the notification area in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  • The Network icon
  • The Volume icon
  • The Power icon

You may also notice that the check boxes for the related system icons are not selected on the Notification Area tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. However, the network, volume, and power features function correctly even though their associated icons do not appear in the notification area. You can access these features by using Control Panel.

  1. Click Start Collapse this imageExpand this image , type regedit in the Start Search box or the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.

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 If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.

  1. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify

  1. In the Details pane, click the IconStreams registry entry.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  3. In the Details pane, click the PastIconsStream registry entry.
  4. On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  5. Exit Registry Editor.
  6. Restart the Explorer.exe process. To do these, follow these steps:
    • Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
    • On the Processes tab in Task Manager, click the explorer.exe process, and then click End Process two times.
    • On the File menu, click New Tasks (Run), type explorer, and then click OK.
    • Exit Task Manager.
  1. If you are running Windows 7, follow these additional steps:
    • Click Start  Collapse this imageExpand this image , type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar.
    • Click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On.
    • Click OK, make sure that the behavior for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK.

APPLIES TO

  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

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