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Windows 7 icons in System Tray vanish


Today I finally found a cure for an annoying problem I’ve encountered a few times at work. There are a number of icons that can appear next to the clock in the System Tray in Windows 7, though most of them are hidden by default. For some reason however, I’ve seen the icons vanish but leave their space behind. No amount of clicking, right clicking or unhiding make these icons reappear. Thankfully, a little digging on the net came up with a solution that has worked for me so far:

  • Open Regedit.
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify
  • Delete the IconStreams and PastIconStreams values.
  • Log off and back on/restart your computer

After this has been done, the icons should be back to normal around the clock.

I can’t say for sure why this corruption in the icons happens, though I’ve read many theories on the net. Thankfully, the above solution worked for me, and will hopefully be of use to anyone suffering the same problem.

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