Icons are missing from notificationsarea – Windows taskbar

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CLEARING THE TRAY ICON HISTORY

> Click on “Start Menu” and type ‘run’ in the Start search bar.

 

>When the Run search bar opens, type in ‘regedit.exe’ and click “Ok”.  When the “User Account Control”box opens then click “Yes”

> Go to and ‘left click’ on each white arrow just to the left of each little manila folder named as follows: (you may have to scroll down to find a couple of these)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER’

‘Software’

Classes’

Local Settings’

Software’

‘Microsoft’

‘Windows’

‘CurrentVersion’

(Just left-click this one on the folder itself) ‘TrayNotify’ (find & locate ‘IconStreams’ & ‘PastIconsStream’

> Press and hold down your left keyboard ‘Ctrl’ key.  While holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key use your mouse to left-click, one time each, on ‘IconStreams’ & ‘PastIconsStream’.  Now, right-click and select ‘Delete’regarding the highlighted items.

 

>This will open a “Confirm Value Delete” dialogue box.  It will say, “Deleting certain values could cause system instability.  Are you sure you want to permanently delete these values?”  (<Do not worry>, you will be fixing this in the next step) Now click ‘Yes’

> Start your “Task Manager” by pressing ‘Ctrl’+’Shift’+’Esc’ and select the “Processes” tab and find ‘explorer.exe’

 

>Right click on ‘explorer.exe’ and select” End Process”

 

> A “Windows Task Manager” box will open and ask, “Do you want to end ‘explorer.exe’?”, “If an open program is associated with this process, it will close and you will lose any unsaved data.  If you end a system process, it might result in an unstable system.  Are you sure you want to continue?” (<Do not worry> you will be fixing this in the next step) Now click ‘Yes’

> Now select the ‘Applications’ tab in “Task Manager”, in the bottom right hand corner, select ‘New task…’and type ‘explorer.exe’ then click “Ok”

> Explorer will now reboot and your icons should return.  *Note: You may need to reset your preferences for each icon by going back to your “Notification Area Properties” because it will reset most of them to the default status”